In many elementary schools, the walls are decorated with crafts and works of art made by children. In addition to them, there are more permanent works of art on the walls of the schools, which are selected by the Vantaa Art Museum Artsi.
Vantaa on the wall of the international school is a work of art with plastic watering cans and perhaps an antenna. Interesting, says the middle-aged, but what do the young people in the target group think about this?
“Very special,” thinks the 13-year-old Esther Obeng-Amoako.
“Pretty nice, looks like an ear,” says the 13-year-old Amalia Maununiemi.
And that’s right, it’s really an ear. This is an artist Reijo Hukkanen a work of art called Wax. It is one of 15 works of art selected for the Point Learning and Information House at the time.
The Vantaa International School, which was completed in 2002, was the last primary school in which 0.3 per cent of the budget was spent on art procurement during the construction or renovation phase. Now the percentage principle no longer exists in the same form, but is now used on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, in some new schools, art no longer exists at all.
Admittedly, now during wallless schools, there would be little room for art.
“Today’s schools are strongly architectural learning environments. If you want art in them, the state of mind must be already in the construction phase, ”says the City of Vantaa Public Art Curator Anne Kaarna-Suomi.
For example, the works of art have now been selected for the now-completed Hämeenkylä school together with architects, a collection amanuensis, a curator of public art and art and craft teachers. Art coming to such sites could be commissioned art, but now the works have been selected from the city’s art collection.
At Aurinkokivi’s school, which was completed in 2016, a place for art has been found from the outside. There Stig Baumgartner “A playful reflection on the nature of white light” i.e. How much light is there The work is made on the outer wall of the school.
If If you want art later in the school, Vantaa Art Museum will lend works from its collections to public spaces.
But on what basis are works of art coming to schools selected?
Children spend much of their lives at school. So it doesn’t matter what kind of catalog there is around them. Comfort is influenced by many factors, one of which is the art on the school wall.
What comes to the wall is largely dependent on the Vantaa Art Museum Arts. The works are selected by the museum manager Pauliina Kähärä, public art curator Anne Kaarna-Suomi and conservator Liisi Hakala. The selection of works takes into account, among other things, the space, the available works and also the school’s possible wishes regarding the works.
“Usually, some colorful and happy paintings are desired in schools. Black and white graphic works are not so enthusiastic, ”says Kähärä.
Arts’ works of art are currently on loan, ie more officially deposited in several dozen schools, for example in Kannisto, Viertola and Mikkola schools.
There is an interesting story in the background of a sailplane hanging in the canteen of Mikkola school. Airplane author, artist Kari Cavénin, had to make a completely different work for the school in time. The drafts were already ready when the order was canceled due to the poor economic situation in Vantaa. However, the case remained in the mind of Anne Kaarna-Suomi, who was involved in the project.
When the Art Museum then held an exhibition from which the city acquired a work for its collections Wild Mark II, Kaarna-Suomi knew immediately where it would be worth investing. Now the machine has been hanging on the roof of the canteen since 2005.
Principal of Mikkola School Ville Ylianunti says the machine goes unnoticed by anyone.
“It makes good conversations with new students. It attracts and fascinates students and raises many questions: How did it get there? Will dust ever be removed from it? ”
In a few in schools, paintings do not need to be borrowed from the Arts, as they are drawn directly on the walls.
The oldest and rarest work drawn directly on the wall in Vantaa’s schools can be found on the wall of the protected Rekola school. It has been drawn Unto Kaipainen in the year of graduating from school in 1951. The work is a child of its time.
In a work that threatens patriotism, a tractor drives through a hay field and brisk schoolchildren jump on a rope. In the foreground, the baby kid apparently collects berries. According to the Vantaa City Museum, the painting describes “Rekola’s development from a community of agriculture and brick industry to a modern work and growth environment”.
Such would hardly be done today, but that is why it is important to preserve. This and the second mural of the Rekola school, a map of Vantaa, were preserved in 2008.
The Pähkinärinte school also has a large-scale mural. The canteen of the school, built in 1980, has a brown-colored grid, the meaning of which does not open up without explanation.
“It describes a walnut tree,” says the deputy principal Johanna Ylander.
There is no foliage left of the wood, as the frame on the floor was allowed to go when a new floor was made in the renovation of the canteen. Not everyone was annoyed by the loss of the hull.
“There was a heated debate among teachers as to whether the work of art should be painted hidden or not.”
Many people think the work is too gloomy and brings an old and stale impression to the space.
“It’s a shame the floor left, but yes, it fresh the space.”
Sometimes art ends up on school walls through chance. For example, the works of art at Kartanonkoski School have been donated by an artist From Miika Nyyssönen.
The art of Kannisto School also comes from the donor.
“A student’s mother received the works from a company that had closed down in Finland, and the works were donated to the Vantaa Art Museum’s accumulating art collection. At the donor’s request, they were placed at Kannisto School, ”says Kähärä.
In Länsimäki school, power is given to students. The handprint of the students in the visual arts elective group is visible throughout the school. Almost every toilet reveals a different image: Aku Duck, panda, city. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Finland, one of the walls is dedicated to paintings on Finland.
The paintings make the school look youthful and colorful. Perhaps for this reason the school’s official work of art, Soili Taljan the work, which includes a painting and three ceramic sculptures, looks a little in the wrong place. And in the wrong place it is right now.
“We moved it aside when we needed a wall for the Wall of Fame project. We built a gate here, and the students were allowed to take pictures of themselves in front of it, ”says the rector of Länsimäki. Pirita Hellberg.
Vantaa a wide variety of art can be found in schools. But what kind of art would Esther Obeng-Amoako and Amalia Maununiemi, who were initially interviewed, choose for their school walls?
“Something colorful,” says Obeng-Amoako.
According to Amalia Maununiemi, schools could think more about what the students themselves would like. He thought schools could have more permanent works of art made by students. Maununiemi already knows what to paint.
“I would make forest landscapes with a few colorful details.”