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Carousel Pavilion

    The Barbeque Lover’s Carousel Pavilion Kone foundation’s Saari residence, Mynämäki, Finland, 2013 The pavilion is a place where the resident artists of Saari Residence in Mynämäki, Finland, can barbeque, meet, read and enjoy their surroundings. It is also a landmark, much in the same way sculptures often are. The shape of the pavilion stems from

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    Pehr Kalm Revival

      Environmental Artwork, 2012 The environmental artwork, Pehr Kalm Revival, has been created in honour of all those who made a donation during the Åbo Akademi University fundraising campaign of 2009–2011. The work recreates one eighth of the botanical utility garden founded by Pehr Kalm and Professor Johan Leche on this very location in 1757. A

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      The Ski Jumper’s House

        Permanent sculptural installation at the Lehtoniemi day care center in Kuopio, 2010 Andersson was commissioned by Kuopio Art Museum to make a sculptural work, which also could be used as a playground for the children in the Lehtoneimi day care center in the heart of the new built “Archipelago City” suburb of Kuopio. For Andersson

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        The Rainbow’s Treasure

          Environmental artwork in the Biowalley, Turku, 2001–2007. Two pedestrian bridges and 24 light poles. In the late 1990ies Andersson was commissioned to make an environmental work for the new Biowalley in Turku, an area with facilities for companies working in the biotechnology field. The area is also open for citizens in Turku to use for

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          Koivis – The Tree Guardian

            Interactive sculpture, in the Flower of Life Art Park II, focused on children from 0-3 years. Arcues la Bataille, France. Opening 11.10.2006. Together with architect Erkki Pitkäranta. Andersson and Pitkäranta (Rosegarden Art & Architecture) were asked to participate in a project creating a sculpture park for children aged 0-3 years in Helsinki in 2005, curated

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            Fredrika Runeberg and the Dot

              Permanent sculptural installation in the wall of the Ars Nova Museum, Turku, 2007 The starting point of the installation, commissioned by the Matti Koivurinta foundation, was to create a memorial for the first female journalist in Finland, Fredrika Runeberg. Andersson used the fact that Runeberg lived exactly on the place where the work is situated

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              Firewall

                A permanent installation in the Åbo Akademi Unviersity Library, Turku, 2005 During the last ten years Andersson has focused on artworks organically integrated in the architecture. For this work in the library of the Åbo Akademi University in Turku Andersson used the whole end wall of the library building by Woldemar Baeckman. The work honors

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                Koivis – The Tree Guardian in Arcues la Bataille

                  Interactive sculpture, in the Flower of Life Art Park II, focused on children from 0-3 years. Arcues la Bataille, France. Opening 11.10.2006, Pikku Huopalahti, Helsinki. Opening 23.5.2005. Together with architect Erkki Pitkäranta. Andersson and Pitkäranta (Rosegarden Art & Architecture) were asked to participate in a project creating a sculpture park for children aged 0-3 years

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                  The Life Boat Adventure

                    Permanent installation in Strandnäs junior School, 2004 Andersson was commissioned by the City of Mariehamn in Aland, a small island outside Finland, to make an art work for the Strandnäs junior level school. Aland was earlier famous for its big fleets of sailing ships. Andersson got inspired by the big ships, one of which is

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                    The Apple Tree Pomona – the Virtual Diary

                      The Apple Tree Pomona – the Virtual Diary is an art-project for Sirkkala school in Turku, 2003 (the pupils are 7-11 years old), where traditional fairy tale narration and traditional sculpture is combined with modern computer and Internet-technology. The art-work was made as a process, where the teachers and the pupils were a part of the creative

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                      The King’s Road

                        A total art work in Karakallio Church, 2001 The main 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 Andersson’s earlier works; The heart, the stars, the tree leaf and food

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                        The River by the Mountain

                          A total art work in Masala church, 2000 Masala church, close to Helsinki, is the first church of the 21:th century in Finland. It is designed by architect Erkki Pitkäranta. With no outside budget for an art work, he asked if Jan-Erik Andersson wanted to cooperate and make an art work, which should use the

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                          Kaistapää

                            Sculpture with sound. The Vehicle Administration Centre, Helsinki, 1998 The Vehicle Administration Centre in Helsinki committed a sculpture project especially made for their newly renovated facilities. My idea was to make an interactive sculpture to amuse people waiting in the assembly hall. The sculpture is, among other things, made of metal ”roads”, a gear stick,

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                            The Brownie of the Turku castle meets Valpuri Innamaa

                              Art work on the Theatre Bridge, Turku, 1997 Andersson had the opportunity to collaborate with the architect of the new bridge for pedestrians and bicycles over the Aura river in the middle of Turku for a public art work. The work uses characters from the history of Turku and is divided into three parts: 1. Ornamental

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                              The Island where the Rainbow lives

                                Rastis, Helsinki, 1997 When Andersson was commissioned to do a work for Rastis’ multi-purpose house in Nordsjö/Vuosaari in Helsinki, the building was still under construction. Andersson rushed off to ask the architect Karl-Johan Slotte if it was possible to have an influence on the architecture. He said that the floors were still uncovered, so Andersson

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                                The Kingdom of the Stubbles

                                  A “socially warming” public art work in the Leinola high school in Tampere, 1994. Andersson wanted to do an artwork which would go “deeper” inte the social and architectural structures of the school. He started by creating a story which functioned as a starting point for sculptures both indoors, and outdoors and up on the roof

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                                  The Christmas Tree Sandbox

                                    Oulu Art Museum (permanently installed in the garden in the back of the museum) 1991 This was my first outdoor work. I wanted to test ways in which a public sculpture can function as a social meeting place.  For the summer exhibition Zet in Oulu, I made a sandbox for children in the shape of

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