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Customer: Lauttasaari congregation
Address: Myllykallionrinne 1, Helsinki
Building: Lauttasaaren kirkko
Artists: Jaana Partanen and Heikki Lamusuo
Pa-La team: Ville Hintsala, Ahmad Moradian
Material: Birch plywood, brass
Size: 3 x 3 m

04 / 2022

Bud is the baptism tree of the renovated Lauttasaari church. It is hand carved from birch plywood. 40 brass "buds" are attached to the tree, symbolizing the 40 days after the babtism of Jesus  in the desert. Ribbons are attached to the buds with the names of the children baptized as members of the congregation. Thus, the buds also symbolize the beginning of a new life.

There are two parts to Bud. In addition to the actual baptism tree, the work includes a bench that makes it easier to tie the ribbons to the top branches of the tree. The bench is also made of birch plywood, and that too is hand-carved.

Bud, Lauttasaari church. Photo © Pa-La

The hand-carved bench is part of the work of art. It makes it easy to attach the ribbons to the highest branches of the tree. Photo © Pa-La

Symbolism has been carved to the tree. Photo © Pa-La

Ribbons are fastened to the brass buds with the names of those to be baptized as members of the congregation. Photo © Pa-La

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