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 of the school building. He also wanted to involve the teachers and the pupils by making a video telling the story of the art work. The children and the teachers worked a week with props for the video shooting and rehearsing the song.
The story is about a storm taking hold of all the trees and throwing them up in the sky, where a big network of tree trunks is formed hiding the sunshine. The children try to make the sun shine again, and in their quest they receive help from several figures, including the Potatobronze, who is connected with the earth’s powers, and the Cablewhizzler, who surfs the network. But it is not until the Megawizard arrives and makes the children dance that the sun is able to shine again.
The physical part of the work consists of sculptures of the stubbles on the outdoor wall, the Potatobronze as a bronze sculpture situated in the school yard, the Cablewhizzler and the Megawizard on the roof and inside the school.
Andersson’s solution to the problem how to introduce new students to the work and the story in such a way that they would feel part of the work, was to make a music video presenting the story through a media that the pupils are used to. The accapella group Mumbo Jumbo was asked to write the song and then Andersson worked one week with the pupils creating settings for the video.
The song “Hula bula tööt tööt” has become a signature tune for the school and Megawizard on the rooftop has also functioned as the school’s logo.