The open competition in two parts seeks a public artwork for the port area in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki. The competition starts on 28 August 2020 and ends on 4 June 2021.
The aim of the competition is to find a site-specific artwork that reflects the identity of Jätkäsaari. Jätkäsaari has rapidly transformed into an urban neighbourhood and a meeting place of travellers. It has over a hundred years of industrial and port history behind it connected to today’s busy West Harbour. Jätkäsaari is a hub that links the cities of the Gulf of Finland – Helsinki, Tallinn, and St Petersburg – to each other.
The artwork is meant to be located near the harbour, and the competition area consists of the so far unbuilt squares of Atlantinaukio and Madeiranaukio. Both squares will be built in ca. 2022–2025. Atlantinaukio will be an observation platform facing towards the sea whereas Madeiranaukio will be surrounded by dense urban structure.
The initiative for the competition was submitted by Cooperative Forum Box, and the competition will be carried out in cooperation with Port of Helsinki Ltd, City of Helsinki and Helsinki Art Museum HAM. The work will be added to HAM’s collections. The jury consists of seven people, who represent each of the organisations and two representatives selected by the Artists’ Association of Finland.
The winner of the competition will be selected in the summer of 2021.
Competition area in Jätkäsaari: