idea for the art work in the Karakallio church hall is to combine the
visual richness of the medieval Finnish stone churches with contemporary
ideas and techniques. The symbols used in many of Anderssons earlier
works; The heart, the stars, the tree leaf and food could now find resonance
in the church themes developed by Pitkäranta. Pitkäranta's office
was responsible for the renovation of the church building, a typical boring
1970:ties building. The art work was commissioned in connection with the
renovation and it made it possible to include parts of the art work in
the architectonic structures.
Andersson and Pitkäranta discussed the themes together and decided
to make the work in four parts. The visual part of the art work was designed
1.The Altar piece. The main part is a big heart, bleeding a drop of wine/blood.
On the heart plaster casts of real breads are fastened. In the middle
of the heart is a crucifix made of small tree sticks. The background
reminding of oriental ornaments, is made of digitally manipulated pictures
from the Finnish nature. The pictures were transformed onto aluminium
foil, which partly reflects light.
2. The Floor intarsia. The figure is computer cut in ceramic tiles and
inlaid in the parquet floor. It is based on Christs life span.
The trumpet symbolizes the annunciation, the stars the birth, the dove
of water drops, the baptism in Jordan and finally the palm leaves and
the marks of a donkey's hoofs, the arrival of Christ in Jerusalem.
3. The Altar floor. The circular shape is filled with an ornament, computer
cut in ceramic tiles and inlaid in the parquet floor, picturing water
drops, tree leaves and sun rays, which accompanies the rain cloud shaped
4. The window from the room next to the main church hall was given the
shape of a chalice, which has a connection both to the art work by the
altar and to the artwork on the windows doors inside the room. The
work is a new version of Leonardos Last Supper. It is a large painting
made with Illustrator and printed on a laminate. If the doors are closed
part of the work can be seen through the window from the church hall.