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Karakallio art district is richer by two murals since the Helsinki-based artist Jussi TwoSeven (born 1983) painted a diptych on Kalasääskentie for the Upeart Festival 2019. Playing with dichotomies, the two piece set titled ’Pandion Haliaetus | suteailaH noidnaP’ is a visually intriguing work that consists of a positive and a negative version of the same image. The mural pair fills the end walls of an apartment building at the address Kalasääskentie 8. Commentary by the artist: “The artwork continues a series on Finnish animals that I have been working on for the last couple of years. The building is located at Kalasääksentie (lit. “Osprey road”), so the osprey was a natural choice for the subject. I had never before painted a negative version of a piece, so this was a very interesting project. When painting the negative image, I just had to trust that it’ll work out, even if I’m painting with the opposite values from usual. In the end it turned out exactly like it was supposed to - when you take a photo of the negative piece and invert the colors, it looks exactly like the original image.” Jussi TwoSeven is known for his black and white, graphic style, where...

Artist Tiina Herttua’s impressive community art project in Karakallio was finished in August 2019. The creation of the piece, composed of nearly a thousand tiles, began in the spring of 2018 in conjunction with the launching of the Karakallio Creative project. The artwork, which immortalized the contribution of the local population, has been mounted on the outside wall of the Karatalo community center at the address Kotkatie 4. The piece was created bit by bit in numerous participatory workshops throughout the year, bringing people together to make art. The tiles were painted during several events, such as Espoo Day and Karakallio denizens’ art day, as well as in workshops hosted in schools and day care centers in the area. The piece combines the handiwork of the locals with their thoughts on their living environment and nature. “Above all, I hope that the people living in the area feel like the artwork is their own and come by even years from now to marvel at their work,” Tiina Herttua said at the beginning of the project. As she got to know Karakallio, Herttua was charmed by the beautiful forests and rocky outcrops. That’s why, among others, the colors of stone, lichen, and coniferous forest...

Italian artist Pixel Pancho (born 1984 in Torino) painted this mural in Karakallio for the Upeart Festival 2019. This productive artist is known for commenting on current issues in his art, and the Karakallio piece is no exception. The artwork, titled 'Winter is coming. Time to migrate again.' reflects the difficult relationship between nature and humanity, and is located at the address Kalasääksentie 10. This beautiful mural with a powerful message that’s disconsolate even, but thought-provoking, draws inspiration from Art Nouveau and utilizes a versatile color palette. The ancient myth of Leda and the Swan, which has inspired artists for centuries, has become a mural in this modern interpretation. In Pixel Pancho’s robotics-inspired artwork, Leda is nature and the swan is mankind, unabashedly abusing its power. The artist hopes that the difficult subjects that he tackles in his art would also reach the audience finding their way to the mural. The artwork is both stylistically and thematically well suited to the Karakallio area, surrounded by woods and bursting with vitality. Pixel Pancho has painted murals around Europe, the U.S., and Mexico. Along with painting and drawing, installations, sculpting, and industrial design are all part of the repertoire of this multi-talented artist. Photos: Ilkka Vuorinen...

Spanish painter Juan Rivas (born 1974) created a series of art pieces echoing summery views in the Karakallio area in August 2019. The paintings, sprinkled around the art district, surprise the viewer with unusual “canvases” and detailed brushwork. The artist had originally planned ten pieces, but was carried away by the joy of painting - the final series consists of 14 paintings. Rivas’s artworks blend into their surroundings in an innovative way, earning them the apt title of a painting in a place (la pintura en el lugar). The artist replicates the scenery in front of his eyes onto surfaces available on site. He then photographs the finished painting against the landscape. Outdoor distribution boxes, both wooden and metallic poles, and a fence, among other things, were decorated with the artist’s unique work in Karakallio. Whereas Rivas’s previous paintings in places gradually faded away after being left at the mercy of the elements, the paintings in Karakallio have been surface treated so they are permanent and will continue to spread joy for a long time to come. The batch in Karakallio is Rivas’s first international work. He has previously painted similar pieces in his home country. Rivas hopes to be able to take his art...

Korean American artist Amy Sol (born 1981) painted this tranquil mural in the Karakallio art district in July 2019. The artwork is faithful to the artist’s signature style and was painted on the end wall of an apartment building, partially obscured by trees, at the address Karakalliontie 14. The subdued colors of the mural are a delicate mix of cool and warm hues of gray. In the summertime, the fairytale-esque image is framed by the thick foliage around the building, whereas in the winter, it can be seen in its bare, full glory. This is what the artist had to say about her work: “It’s meant to be a little bit hidden. One finds it if one treads the paths in the woods and lets their gaze wander. I sketched the mural on site and it reflects my mood at that moment - peace, solitude, and a slower pace of life.” For Amy Sol, painting a mural in a location surrounded by a lush forest was almost a magical experience. She was fascinated by the growing season in the North and the diversity of nature. The self taught artist has created murals for numerous festivals and as singular pieces both in the U.S. and...

Take a good look around and you can find 20 miniature sculptures around Karakallio. A Spanish sculptor Isaac Cordal implemented an amazing installation as part of Upeart 2018-festival in collaboration with Karakallio Creative. These tiny cement eclipses, shaped as a male, are in a way telling a story about a stereotypical man, who runs the world today. Through his insightful art, Isaac Cordal deals with big themes such as politics, poverty, climate change and ongoing conflicts around the world. By creating specifically small artworks, he gets a kind of freedom to play with dimensions in public space. Cordal is worried, that atmosphere in public space is gradually turning too controlled, when everything is banned. By creating urban art, he fights against that unpleasant change. Photos: Iiro Rautiainen ...

An Argentinian top-class artist Pastel painted a plant pattern mural to Karakallio in May 2018. The painting that beams the glow of blooming flowers is the first actual artwork implementation of initiative Karakallio Creative. Buenos Aires-based artist’s imagery in his art is based on plant- and nature theme. For Pastel, plants symbolize our origin. The artist reminds that nature is still part of us even though it’s easy to forget in the modern-day society we’re living in. Through his art, he tries to create a discussion of the state of environment before mankind. Before he started to paint the mural Pastel got familiar with the local surroundings and chose the plants from Finnish nature. From the painting, you can admire such plants as carduus, honeysuckles and plantains. The mellow artwork blends in to the natural surroundings of Karakallio and enriches area’s urban landscape. Internationally acclaimed artist’s murals can be seen widely over the world. The mural located in Karakalliontie 5 is Pastel’s first piece done in Finland. Alongside his career as an artist, Pastel also works as an architect....

Artist Teemu Mäenpää accomplished an artwork to Karakallio in autumn 2017. The implementation of the piece was exceptionally holistic. At first, Mäenpää moved to Karakallio for a week – his purpose was to get to know the residents and to absorb the atmosphere of the area. By photographing local people Teemu found the theme for his work.  The theme that Teemu ended up to choose was this one couple who had years ago moved into the apartment building (the same building which wall Teemu was going to paint) as its first residents. The couple still lives together in the very same building. The special artwork Mäenpää accomplished, radiates warmth and it is a reminder of love. The mural was carried out in close cooperation with the locals.  Teemu Mäenpää is a Tampere-based professional artist who has a history in graffiti art. Mäenpää graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Mäenpää has introduced his art in dozens of private- and joint exhibitions and has also collected exhibition merit abroad. Mäenpää’s artwork can be found both in private collections as well as in association-owned collections. In addition, Teemu Mäenpää is well-known for many large mural paintings and installations. ...