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The Grove of Alava

Location: Vetrea Oy, Alava, Kaartokatu 9, Kuopio
Commissioned by: Vetrea Oy
In co-operation with: Staff of Iisalmen Veljeskoti Oy, Niiralan Kulma Oy, QVIM Arkkitehdit Oy, Kuoma Oy
Artwork by: Jaana Partanen
Architectural concept by: Heikki Lamusuo
Pa-La team: Kirsi Pitkänen, Sami Teppo

09 / 2006

Iisalmen Veljeskoti Oy ordered a three-part fixed work of art from the artist, Jaana Partanen, for its new Alava premises in Kuopio. The nursing staff collected pictures and text material related to the lives of the residents-to-be for use by the artist as the basis for the artwork.

Partanen's works are based on the coming together of people and nature, the animal kingdom. The glimmering mythical creatures in red and gold are there in the entrance hall to greet the coming residents to the Alava home. The white walls are given stories to tell, familiar animal figures, meetings and memories. The gold brings a certain reverence for life, while the red accentuates the force of life.

The Grove of Alava, part 1, 2006, metal leaf, 24 carat gold, paint, size 2,7 x 4,5 m.
The Grove of Alava, part 2, 2006, metal leaf, 24 carat gold, paint, size 2,8 x 4,8 m.
The Grove of Alava, part 3, 2006, metal leaf, 24 carat gold, paint, size 2,8 x 2,8 m.

The Grove of Alava, part 1, 2006. Photo © Pa-La

The Grove of Alava, part 2, 2006. Photo © Pa-La

The Grove of Alava, part 3, 2006, detail. Photo © Pa-La

The Grove of Alava, part 2, 2006, detail. Photo © Pa-La

The Grove of Alava, part 1, 2006. Photo © Pa-La

The Grove of Alava – Musical document

The video The Grove of Alava documents the creation of a public work of art in a music video. The document brings forth how a work of art is implemented as a part of architecture and how it makes the building individualistic, distinguishable and a welcoming part of the environment.

Duration: 3´56´´.
Script: Jaana Partanen and Heikki Lamusuo
Directing: Jaana Partanen
Filming and editing: Petteri Laitinen
Music: Indica
Producer: Partanen & Lamusuo Oy

The Grove of Alava, still image from video documentary, 2006. © Pa-La

The Grove of Alava, still image from video documentary, 2006. © Pa-La

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