Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gallery opening for Spirit of Place

You are invited to a gallery opening of The Spirit of Place: Kalevalakehto and designs for a National Museum of the Kalevala, this Friday, August 27th, from 5-7pm at the Virka Gallery, City Hall, Pohjoisesplandi 11-13 and Sofiankatu 1.



This exhibition of the work of American and Finnish architecture students from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and Aalto University in Helsinki features students' sculptural, literary, and design explorations into the lyrics and metaphors of the Kalevala. These explorations were conducted at a 9-day design charrette held at the Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC, in which students led by American architect and professor Travis Price designed the Kalevakehto, an architectural installation inspired by the themes of the Kalevala, constructed by the students during 9 days in August 2010 at the southern point of Seurasaari.

In addition to the Kalevalakehto, the exhibit also features the work of a graduate architecture studio at Catholic University also taught by Prof. Price, in which students created hypothetical designs for a National Museum of the Kalevala, to also include a major public park and hotel at Helsinki harbor.

At this event, Irma-Riitta J√§rvinen of the Finnish Literary Society, will be signing copies her recent book, an English- language Kalevala Guide. 

Check out www.virka.fi for more info

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