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Black Swan – Dance Me Too – Final Practice – Titan

Customer: Osuuskauppa PeeÄssä, Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi
Address: Minna Canthin katu 16, Kuopio
Pa-La principal design: Jaana Partanen and Heikki Lamusuo
Pa-La team: Ville Hintsala, Aaro Mäkinen
Material: flame-painted aluminium sheet, special coating, motion-controlled light


Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi will stimulate the senses of hotel guests with artistic experiences. Partanen & Lamusuo designed and implemented four different dynamic visual art works for the hotel corridors, based on works presented at the Kuopio Dance Festival, such as Dada Masilo's Swan Lake and Tero Saarinen Company's Third Practice.

The works of art are multi-level works, with dynamic light running in the background of the metallic part. When a guest enters the hotel corridor, the artwork comes to life with light, creating a dynamic movement that triggers a piece that plays with music and dance.

The works were designed in close collaboration with the interior designer company Franz Design, who designed the new hotel rooms in the main building, so that the artworks would blend seamlessly with the interior design of the rooms.

Black Swan. Photo © Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

The artist-architect couple Partanen & Lamusuo working on the hotel's artworks. Photo © Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi

Detail of the artwork. Photo © Pa-La

"Art adds meaning and depth to a hotel stay, while transforming it into an experience. I see that art also gives our guests a sense of security and an outlet to explore their own inner world. As a heartfelt Finnish Original by Sokos Hotel, it was important for us to provide a stage for local knowledge and professionalism," says Johanna Väätäinen, Hotel Manager, delighted with the new works.

The works:
Black Swan (Dada Masilo, Joutsenlampi, Kuopio Dance Festival 2017)
Dance Me Too (Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Dance Me, Kuopio Dance Festival 2016)
Final Practice (Tero Saarinen Company, Third Practice, Kuopio Dance Festival 2019)
Titan (Nuevo Ballet Español, Titanium, Kuopio Dance Festival 2014)

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