The spiral staircases form a zone of complete silence that serves as a place of tranquility and a confrontational encounter in IC-98's competition proposal. The title of the work Mare Tranquillitatis refers to the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon, which formed at the same time as life on Earth began. The staircase then becomes a zone of tranquility and silence. From the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon, the Earth is seen a blue planet in the midst of a space vacuum: an iconic reminder of the only thing we all have together.
The relationship between human and nature as a source of inspiration
Though their practice is essentially conceptual, IC-98 is best known for animations, which combine classical drawing and digital effects, depicting landscapes shaped by long time durations, natural and human histories and climate. Their most know piece is the House of Khronos in Pöytyä, where a farmyard has been returned to its rightful owner, the Earth. IC-98’s recent work addresses the themes of environmental destruction and the future of our planet in a post-human world.
The piece embodies Human Approach, the theme of the building's public art, which aims to create an inclusive and dialogical experience and to create an open and low hierarchy working and learning environment. The art concept Human approach respects the past, still keeping an eye on the future. The art concept for School of Business was co-created by Aalto University’s Art Coordinator Outi Turpeinen with the students and staff of School of Business.
Aalto University, Art Coordinator
In 2017, Aalto University decided to comply with a one per cent art principle in its building projects. The art percent is a funding model for art purchases, where approximately one per cent of a building project's funds are allocated to art purchases. The one per cent art principle was first applied to Radical Nature art concept in Aalto University’s main building Dipoli. The vision of public art at Aalto University is to address and raise questions about what it is to be a university, what we do together in society, and what constitutes the public. Public art is site-specific and connects with the diversity of the university and its post-disciplinary communities. Public artworks reflect this diversity through different art forms, materials, techniques and traditions.
The School of Business' new main building was opened in February 2019. School of Business building is a part of a larger building block, and it’s two other parts are Väre, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture’s new building and the shopping centre A Bloc. The block was designed by Verstas Architects, consisting of alumni of Aalto University, which won the international architectural competition held 2012-2013. The main designer is Jussi Palva from Verstas Architects and the other main architects are Väinö Nikkilä, Riina Palva, Ilkka Salminen and Mikko Rossi.