The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS), Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (SKF) and Pro Artibus Foundation held a mural competition in spring 2020. The aim was to choose a new mural for the façade of Runeberginkatu Street 50 in Helsinki. The client wants to draw attention to this unique site and to use it to enhance Helsinki’s Töölö district with contemporary art. Competition entries came from all the Nordic countries, with a total of 80 proposals received by the closing date on May 31, 2020.
The winner of the competition was Peter Larsson & Ossian Eckerman (SVE): Construction Site for a Colorful Ghost.
The Competition Jury explained its choice as follows:
Construction Site for a Colorful Ghost is a multimedia work and “a painting that looks like a photograph of a sculpture”. It has multiple layers and multiple levels. Even though it is abstract, it is recognizable as a gesture and makes interesting use of colour. The work has a tremendous playfulness and will suit all sorts of people. It gives the site greater depth and space. Construction Site for a Colorful Ghost is unique, with nothing else like it in Helsinki’s cityscape.
The Competition Jury was:
Chair: visual artist Pia Sirén
Architect Sari Viertiö (SAFA)
Real Estate Manager Hans Wiljanen (SLS)
Senior Advisor, culture Åsa Juslin (SKF)
Visual artist Pekka Kainulainen (Artists’ Association of Finland)
Visual artist Ilkka Väätti (Artists’ Association of Finland)
Jury secretary: Director Nina Toppila, Pro Artibus Foundation (non-voting)
Competition was arranged by:
The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and Pro Artibus Foundation. The competition complied with Artists’ Association of Finland rules.