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Green Core creates the tropics amid the Flow Festival

This installation, meant for relaxation, is created by students of interior architecture at Aalto.
Green Core is a light installation that changes along the times of the day, and it has a core that is bursting with green plants. Image: Group 815.

Green Core installation offers this year’s Flow Festival visitors a verdant sitting area for resting. The artwork is created by Group 815, consisting of students of interior architecture. The group includes Karita Asmala, Mindele Grant, Piia Jalkanen, Noora Katajalaakso, Pinja Koskelin, Sanni Rajapolvi, Miika Ruotsalainen, and Sara Urbanski.

Pinja Koskelin relates the birth of the group: “We met each other during autumn 2015, when we started our bachelor’s studies at Arabia campus. Our group just clicked the very moment we met. Now, couple years later, together we have carried out already several art installations, trips abroad, and many evening gatherings.”

Koskelin says working in a group is challenging, but also rewarding. “Sometimes it is even harrowing to work in a close, artistic cooperation with a big group, but it bears fruit. Ideas and implementations go through so many opinions that the end result is something none of us could reach alone. We have learned so much from each other during these years, and we are very thankful for it”, she tells.

According to Koskelin, the concept for the installation to be realised at the Flow Festival was formed little by little. “Flow itself inspired us, and other main source of inspiration was our group. The ideas spring up from discussions, from things we encounter, and from our surroundings. Now we combine minimalistic, precise idiom, and the greenness of the jungle”, she describes.

The artwork description written by the group gives ideas for experiencing Green Core:

"We can build gardens and we can burn forests, but the nature is raw.
It emerges and radiates.
We can't restrain it or build walls around it.
It flows. Cherish it."

According to Koskelin, Green Core is definitely worth visiting during the Flow Festival. “Go enjoy a small dose of tropical Helsinki. And, naturally, snap a great Instagram photo”, she encourages.

Green Core is realised in cooperation with Sun Effects, a light design company. The Flow Festival takes place 11–13 August in Suvilahti, Helsinki. Aalto University is one of the partners of the festival.

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