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You are a miracle

Customer: Kuopio Cathedral
Address: Vuorikatu 17, Kuopio
Pa-La principal design: Jaana Partanen and Heikki Lamusuo
Pa-La team: Ville Hintsala, Ayrton Dos Santos, Saaga Lamusuo
Materials: Birch plywood


Partanen & Lamusuo designed and implemented a wonderful baptism tree and children`s altar for Kuopio Cathedral. The work is aptly named: You are a miracle.

Baptism tree is made of hand-worked birch plywood. The leaves hanging from the branches of the baptismal tree are old crystals found in the church, which symbolize the spirits of the ancestors. The baptismal tree font together with the children´s altar a space where children can spend time during services or children's groups can gather for devotions. The names of the baptized are written on ribbons that are attached to the crystals of the tree.

Old pews from the church and other historical objects from the Cathedral's storage have been used in the altar. The altar will also have material related to the stories of the Bible, which changes according to the church year, with which the children can play.

You are a miracle -baptismal tree, Kuopio Cathedral Photo © Pa-La

The crystals hanging from the branches of the baptismal tree have been found in Kuopio Cathedral Photo © Ida Suominen

The hand-worked birch plywood has a wonderful symbolism Photo © Pa-La

The baptismal tree rises spectacularly up to the ceiling Photo © Pa-La

The work was financed with the funds of Aino and Olavi Talves will fund. With this work, the Parish Council wanted to remember Talves family, who loved the Cathedral and the children.

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