Lantern Park is a project located in Hesperia park, a popular city centre sea-side space. Curated by Kaisa Salmi, an environmental and community artist and a PhD researcher from Aalto University, this strand of LUX Helsinki presented over 150 lanterns created over the past years by Helsinki artists and designers. I was very lucky to be a part of this event, developed in collaboration with the University.
Lux Helsinki is an annual festival taking place in the darkest time of the year in venues, sometimes indoor bot mostly outside, including the Senate square, Hesperia park, the Opera House, the Opera house and Cable factory to list a few. The festival features multiple artists from all over the world, this year including the renowned Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada with the design agency D-Facto with Corazón, a huge heart beating in countless colours on Senate Square. Urban Flipper, by the French company CT Light Concept, turned the façade of the New Student House into a giant pinball game, which can be played onsite by visitors. Fire circus and large scale installations were also part of the festival.
Making this a bit ridiculous and a bit pathetic lantern was the best fun. Watching kids and adults walking up to the sculpture, looking in, turning the handles was a rewarding experience, one that conceptual artists don’t often acquire. The melancholy and the homey kitsch of the Point of View seemed to balance out the beautifully designed hanging lanterns, and the smart light sculptures on the ground and overall I felt the Lantern Park in Hesperia felt like a place of dreams, and it was incredibly exciting to contribute to such a large project engaged with by many a thousand of people.