The City of Lahti organises an open single-stage art competition between 1 April and 14 August 2020. The competition invites proposals for artworks for Lahti’s Viiskulma Square – the area demarcated by Vesijärvenkatu, Kirkkokatu and Päijänteenkatu.
The City of Lahti is inviting proposals for works for the Viiskulma Square, which will serve as a central gateway to the new Lahti Art, Poster and Design Museum LAD, which opens in the end of 2021. The museum is going to be housed in the Mallasjuoma brewery’s old factory site on Päijänteenkatu and in the new building to be constructed adjacent to it.
The proposed works must establish a unique identity for the square, attract interest in the new museum and guide visitors to it. The objective is to create an inviting and lush art square as part of the Lahti art axis, which starts at Matkakeskus and follows Rautatienkatu.
In 2021, Lahti will be the European Green Capital, which is why the proposed work must take environmental considerations into account.
The competition period was 1.4.-14.8.2020. The competition is settled by Friday, September 18, 2020. The results will be announced at the award ceremony on October 13, 2020 at 18:30, which will also open an exhibition of competition proposals.
If a number of proposals corresponding to the number of prizes are submitted within the competition period, the following prizes will be awarded:
I prize EUR 6,000
II prize EUR 4,000
III prize EUR 2,000
The judging committee has the right to distribute the amount reserved for the prizes differently, as long as the total prize amount remains the same.
Questions related to the competition
The competition secretary, art coordinator Anu Miettinen will provide more information on the practicalities of the competition. Contact details firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 44 482 6490. Further questions on the competition proposals can be addressed to the mediator by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by calling +358 50 434 4280.
Questions can be submitted during two periods.
Period I: 11 May – 5 June 2020, questions will be answered by 18 June.
Period 1 answers, 16.6.2020
Period II: 20 July – 31 July 2020, questions will be answered during the week beginning on 3 August.
Period 2 answers, 3.8.2020
After the question period has ended, the questions will be answered on this website within two weeks.
The judging committee is formed by
- Päivi Airas, Planning Architect, Lahti City, Urban Planning
- Elisa Lindell, Regional Art Museum Researcher, Lahti City Museum
- Paula Korte, Curator, Lahti City Museum
- Elina Ojala, Environmental Director, City of Lahti, Environmental Development
- Tanja Keskitalo, Producer, Malski, Kinos Property
- The Artists’ Association of Finland has appointed the following professional artists as members of the committee
- Merja Puustinen, visual artist
- Anni Laakso, sculptor
- The secretary of the committee is art coordinator Anu Miettinen.
The judging committee evaluates the entries on the basis of their artistic quality and capacity to create experiences. The assessment draws attention to the kind of physical place the work creates, how it is placed in its surroundings, how it speaks to the people passing by and how it directs them towards the new museum. The assessment also considers how the work accounts for environmental aspects and people moving around in the area (walking, cycling, emergency access road).
The judging committee also assesses the feasibility, safety and maintenance costs of the work.