Text: Aina Bexell, Matilda Löytty and Aliisa Talja
Trees in the urban environment are isolated from their natural habitat, forest. Though they don’t seem to care much if surrounded by fences, their roots covered with tiles and cement, or their branches cut in form. They grow and photosynthesize and make the city green year in year out.
We on the other hand seem to be isolated from these urbanised, quiet organisms. They are self-evident. They don’t require our attention so we pass them unnoticed. Even though they were planted, initially, by us and for us.
Trees of Helsinki is a temporary installation in the urban space that encourages citizens to take a moment or share a while with a tree friend. It consists of eight tree individuals, representatives of their kind, around Helsinki city centre area. They all have their specific standpoint, and a story to tell.
It might be trees don’t need us acknowledging them. But we do need, every once in a while, a reminder of the necessity of appreciating our habitat and co-beings. They offer us more than our daily routines let us realise.
Trees of Helsinki by:
Aina Bexell is a Lusoswede student of Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education MA program at Aalto University. She finished her BA in Arts and Media in Portugal in 2015 and feels strongly about encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.
Matilda Löytty is a contemporary artist and student of Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education MA program at Aalto University. Before Aalto, she studied and finished with a BA in Fine Arts in Tampere University of Applied Sciences. Her main interest are painting and community art and she is curious about intercultural phenomena.
Aliisa Talja is a Product and Spatial Design MA program major in the Department of design at Aalto University. She has a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design and is currently doing NoVa program as minor studies. She is keen on exploring the outskirts of design.
The project was produced as part of “Contemporary art and its social context course”.