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The Beginning of Everything

Customer: Kontiolahti Parish
Address: Keskuskatu 26, 81100 Kontiolahti
Building: Kontiolahti Parish Centre
Artists: Jaana Partanen and Heikki Lamusuo
Pa-La team: Iiro Heikkilä, Pentti Hartikainen, Hannu Hoffrén


Artists Jaana Partanen and Heikki Lamusuo designed a glass art work The Beginning of Everything in the window of the Kontiolahti Parish Centre. "The play of light and shadow is present in the artwork as it is in everyday life," the artist couple interprets.

Partanen and Lamusuo describe their work The Beginning of Everything as evoking images of the birth of the world into the primordial explosion and winged angels. The work is made by digital printing on three 78 x 372 cm glass parts. The color scheme is inspired by the architecture of the church hall. The eight-pointed cross on which the work is based delimits the altar area from the eyes of people walking outside, but leaves airiness and the movement of light in the space.

The altar artwork Beginning of Everything, Kontiolahti. Photo © Päivi Kekäläinen

The view from parish centre towards Kontiolahti church. Photo © Päivi Kekäläinen

The Beginning of Everything, detail. Photo © Pa-La


The glass artwork stands out well on the facade of church. Photo © Päivi Kekäläinen

The Kontiolahti Parish Centre was completed in 2019. The place where the works are placed in the parish hall hosts services, parish events, as well as commemorations and concerts, for example. The space can be divided by a partition into a small and a large hall.

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