Artists and Installations

Espa Stage

Jenni Kääriäinen: a Shade

Address: Pohjoisesplanadi

Espa Stage will feature an installation by Jenni Kääriäinen. a Shade is a mosaic that is made up of thousands of anonymous x-rays. The work casts a shadow and dims the light. For Kääriäinen light means everything that makes our environment visible and causes changes within it. a Shade is about the mark left by light – a memory.

This installation was originally commissioned by Startup Sauna for the SLUSH 2014 event, and it was created as a communal art projected by volunteers at the event.

The music and sound design was composed by Aake Otsala.

Picture: conceptual image / Sun Effects


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

jenniJenni Kääriäinen is a graduate of the Lighting Design and Sound Design Programme of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She is currently design director in the fields of visual design and service design with the Sun Effects collective. In recent years Kääriäinen has forged an international career in light art and high-profile commercial productions.

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Market Square

Lux Architecture – Waterfront

Address: Pohjoisesplanadi 1–13

Lux Helsinki will light up the impressive buildings next to the Market Square throughout the festival. The façades of City Hall, the Swedish Embassy, the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace facing the sea will all be illuminated – the silhouette of the city will glow in the winter darkness. The overall effect can be admired from an observation tower in the Market Square.

Picture: conceptual image


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

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Market Square

Aalto University students: Fotoni

Address: Market Square

“Without me there is no life”

Fotoni is a light being, an imaginary character, the persona of light. The presence of Fotoni is essential for the creation of life. Fotoni carries with it safety, warmth and energy. It brings nuggets of light that it spreads around it. Without Fotoni the Earth would be a cold and colourless planet.

This inspiration for the installation has been the importance of small things. Each moment, breath, path and drop is a part of a greater whole – a planet that we want to protect. The installation has been created in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, which for us means good and careful planning, sensible material choices and looking far into the future.

The installation has been created in partnership with IKEA Finland and is lighted using energy-efficient LED light sources. The installation highlights the importance of light while encouraging us to consider our daily energy consumption and inspiring us to make responsible choices in our everyday lives.

In co-operation with: IKEA Finland and Aalto University


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

Second-year interior architecture students from Aalto University:
Essi Aalto, Sisko Anttalainen, Karita Asmala, Mindele Grant, Paula Hyry, Piia Jalkanen, Noora Katajalaakso, Pinja Koskelin, Sanni Rajapolvi, Miika Ruotsalainen, Sara Krystyna Urbanski, Jenni Inciarte Villaverde and Liisa Vuorenpää.

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Stora Enso Head Office

Shader: Cube

Address: Kanavaranta 1

Shader’s light installations presents the iconic and once controversial head office of Stora Enso in a new light. The impressive five-part animation Cube creates an illusion in which analogue and digital, nature and technology, and old and new coexist side by side. Each part of the installation projected onto the façade facing the Market Square and Presidential Palace represents its own collage utilising both traditional and modern artistic techniques. Specially composed music and a soundscape have been created to augment the animation.

The story conveyed by Cube is founded on the building itself and the past, present and future of Finnish technological progress – without overlooking the Finnish nature. After all, nature is both the source of raw materials for the forest industry and the base that the production of renewable materials respects.

The iconic white building at Kanavaranta 1 was designed by legendary architect Alvar Aalto and completed in 1962 as the head office of Enso-Gutzeit. Today the building is the head office of Stora Enso and the workplace for around 300 people.

The installation runs non-stop in approximately five-minute cycles.

In co-operation with: Stora Enso

Picture: conceptual image / Shader


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

Shader is a three-person production team from Helsinki and Rovaniemi that got together already during their study years. The team is specialised in digital production techniques based on long-term experience in the visual arts and digital tools stretching back to the early 1990s.


Pekka Tavi (b. 1979) is an animator and modeller.

Mikko Kunnari (b. 1979) is a visual artist specialised in 3D visualisations who wrestles between traditional and digital modes of expression to evoke emotions and feelings through esthetic means.

Timo Yliräisänen (b. 1975) is a producer and audiovisual generalist who is fascinated by the interaction between man and technology in art and who wants to create participatory art that everyone can experience.

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The House of Nobility

Teemu Lehmusruusu: Maa jalkojemme alla

Address: Ritarikatu 1

Maa jalkojemme alla (The Land Beneath Our Feet) explores man’s relationship to the earth, on top of which our daily reality takes place. If we could rewind back through time and geological periods, we would notice that the tectonic plates and surface formations are in continuous, living motion. Koli was once as big as the Himalayas. Could reminding us of time’s processes be the road to a more holistic empathy in which man is just a part of the whole?

In co-operation with: The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)

Performance time: 5pm–10pm


Teemu Lehmusruusu (b. 1981) is a media and installation artist whose works expand our normal concept of time; they evoke collective impressions about the history of the earth and living organisms. Lehmusruusu has a degree in Photography from Aalto University and has studied at Universität der Künste in Berlin. His latest exhibition opens at Forum Box in Helsinki in March 2017.


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Helsinki Cathedral's Chapel

Outi Pieski: Gorži

Address: Crossing of Hallituskatu and Snellmaninkatu

In Outi Pieski newest installation, waterfalls cascade out of the windows of the Helsinki Cathedral chapel. Gorži celebrates the start of a centenary year for the Sami people. The Sami National Day on 6 February 2017 marks a hundred years since the first Nordic Sami Congress.

The installation is inspired by an old spiritual tradition of the Sami people according to which nature is equal to man. Environmental protection and climate issues are connected to the rights of indigenous peoples; in many ways, the defence of their land and water has come to symbolise the defence of their rights. Gorži creates a poetic sight in which pure water flows freely.

Soundscape: Aake Otsala
Yoik: Hildá Länsman

Picture: draft / Outi Pieski


Performance time: 5pm–10pm


Artist Outi Pieski (b.1973) creates paintings, collages and installations that reflect the powerful connection between the Arctic nature and local cultures. Her works combine the Sami handicraft tradition of duodji with contemporary art.

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Crossing between Kirkkokatu and Snellmaninkatu


Address: Crossing between Kirkkokatu and Snellmaninkatu

TELLMEHOWDOIFEEL by Kalle Mustonen references the iconic pop song Blue Monday by New Order. Constructed out of wood, the installation utilises the eye-catching aesthetics of neon advertising signs, combining a carnival-like appearance with melancholic content.

TELLMEHOWDOIFEEL promises to unleash a jukebox in the heads of those who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, while others will be inspired in other ways. In addition to the physical light installation, the work will lead a life of its own on Instagram.

The installation previously featured at the Flow Festival 2016 in Helsinki.

Picture: Kalle Mustonen


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

mustonen2Kalle Mustonen (b. 1979) is a sculptor from Lahti who has specialised in diamonds, garden gnomes and skulls. He is a major consumer of popular music, and his art is inspired by distorted guitars, stretched C-cassettes and scratched vinyl records. Mustonen is currently completing his Master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, where his art will be displayed at the annual spring exhibition. In summer 2017 Mustonen’s garden gnomes will take over New York.

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Bank of Finland

Maija Louekari: Veljekset

Address: Kirkkokatu 17

Veljekset (Brothers) is an animation based on the pattern designed by Maija Louekari for Finnish design house Marimekko that celebrates the centenary of Finnish independence. The powerful and vivid forest inhabitants reflect the wild and exotic nature here in the North.

The installation will be projected onto the façade of the Bank of Finland along Kirkkokatu, bringing the characters in the pattern to life and creating a surprising nature experience in the heart of historic Helsinki.

In co-operation with: Marimekko

Picture: conceptual image


Performance time: 5pm–10pm


Maija Louekari (b. 1982) is one of the most recognised Finnish textile artists today. Louekari studied design and interior design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and graphic design in Copenhagen, and she has won numerous awards, including Best Textile Design at the Elle Deco International Design Awards. Louekari is known especially for the patterns she has designed for Marimekko.

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Flowers of Life

Address: Unioninkatu 38 (Entrance)

The Flowers of Life collective has earned a reputation for its impressive light installations that pose fundamental questions to viewers. Lux Helsinki will feature the collective’s biggest installation to date – one that exudes mysticism and the magical glow of light.

Flowers of Life draws on “sacred geometry” and the symmetry and proportions of nature and the cosmos. Comprising patterns that seem to float in the air, the installation plays with light and forms.

The installation will be projected from the inner courtyard of the University of Helsinki’s Topelia building and change in appearance depending on which side it is viewed from. Viewers will also be able to walk through the multifaceted installation.

Picture: MetsäFestival 2010 / Karo Holmberg


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

veikkolappalainenFlowers of Life is a Finnish company specialised in UV light art whose three-dimensional visual elements have delighted audiences at numerous music events. Founded in 2005, the collective has visited 23 countries, including the Boom Festival in Portugal. Within Finland the collective is known especially for its contribution to the Konemetsä Open-Air Forest Festival, the MetsäFestival and the Carnival of Lights at Linnanmäki Amusement Park.

Veikko Lappalainen (b. 1982) is a light artist from Livonsaari. His works have been displayed since 2002 in Finland and internationally as far away as Australia and South Africa. Lappalainen’s installations often feature symmetries and three-dimensional aspects created by UV technology.

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The National Library

Mónica Ruiz Loyola: Absence

Address: Kirkkokatu 20 (Entrance)

Absence initially appears as an inanimate object in the dark, but as you get closer the installation slowly comes to life to reveal a sewing machine that silently creates patterns from dimly illuminated threads of yarn. The threads reflect the moving words of poet Rocío Cerón.

The installation describes the exploitation of women in Mexico and the violence inflicted on women in Ciudad Juárez. Mónica Ruiz Loyola wanted to create a poetic tribute to these women. Sewing was chosen as the form language since many of the women disappeared in Ciudad Juárez worked in inhumane conditions in sweatshops.

A motion sensor is used to create a slightly different experience for each group that approaches the installation.

Music and programming: Eduardo Jiménez
Text: Rocío Cerón (translated into Finnish by Annika Eräpuro)

In co-operation with: Plan International Suomi

Picture: Absence at Filux Festival in Mexico City / Mónica Ruiz Loyola


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

Monica Ruiz

Mónica Ruiz Loyola is a Mexican artist who combines digital and analogue elements and utilises open source coding in her works. Her art often treads a path between personal and social issues. Her sound and video installations have been exhibited worldwide, including in the USA, Spain, Ukraine, Ecuador, Belgium and Mexico.

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Helsinki Cathedral's Bell Tower

Kaisa Salmi: Ronda

Address: Crossing of Yliopistonkatu and Unioninkatu

Ronda is an installation by Kaisa Salmi projected onto the wall of one of the bell towers of Helsinki Cathedral. The installation is based on an image that has been painted by hand using special polyaniline (PANI) pigmented paint, which allows the colour of the paint to be reproduced with exceptional clarity and richness on the reflecting surface.

Salmi has used the same technique to create a light installation that was projected onto the Hallgrímskirkjaan church in Iceland and musical visualisations with master pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland and the Barbican Centre in London.

Performance time: 5pm–10pm

kaisasalmi_webKaisa Salmi is a Helsinki-based artist whose productions include performances, installations and films. Salmi is currently finalising her graduate thesis at Aalto University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Art. She also has a degree in Lighting Design from the Theatre Academy. In 2016 Salmi served as Artistic Director for the Moi Helsinki Culture Festival in Beijing, China.


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Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko)

Tarja Ervasti: Domus 360° – Four Homes

Address: Unioninkatu 29

For the first time in the history of Lux Helsinki all four sides of Helsinki Cathedral will become part of one light installation: Domus 360° – Four Homes can be experienced from all four directions, both near and far. The brightly illuminated dome will be visible from far away, while up close the installation can be admired from Senate Square, Unioninkatu, Kirkkokatu and the upper level of the cathedral. The installation is inspired by the idea of the home and the structures that people base their existence on – their spiritual homes.

Each side of the cathedral will have its own motif and style. The eastern side will present a family of three created out of light sculptures, the northern side will represent the natural elements, the western side will play with architectural forms, and the southern side will describe eternity and the themes of heaven and space. All four sides are connected by a common colour scheme reflecting the passing of the day from morning to night.

The overall experience created by the light installation is augmented by specially composed music. The installation runs non-stop in approximately seven-minute cycles.

Artistic design: Tarja Ervasti
Music: Willie Budsko

Picture: conceptual image / Tarja Ervasti


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

Tarja ErvastiTarja Ervasti is a light artist and lighting designer for the performing arts who has been active in the field of light art in Finland since the 1990s. She has created the lighting designs for over a hundred theatre, dance and opera productions, and her light, environmental and space installations have been exhibited throughout Finland. She previously created the light installation Seitsemän porttia – Seven Gates for Lux Helsinki in 2014.

Willie Budsko is a musician and composer from Helsinki who has composed soundtracks for short films. He also releases music under the aliases Reni Ryder and Portamento Boy. Budsko created the sound design also for Ervasti’s installation Promenadi Huwisaarilla – A Promenade on Huwisaaret, which featured at the Valoa Oulu event in 2014.

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Senate Square

Rölli Ridanpää & Tero Laine: Light Pipes

Address: Senate Square

Light Pipes depicts the urban landscape – the light and the interaction between people represent the city’s diverse opportunities. The interactive installation comprises copper pipes and valves that adjust the brightness of the lamps.

The installation is based on interaction: twelve viewers at a time can adjust the valves. By working together they can dim the city or make it shine in full brightness.

Light Pipes asks how individuals and communities can influence large entities. Who controls my city? Can we together influence the conditions in which we live?

In co-operation with: Tricton Customworks, Granlund Oy

Performance time: 5pm–10pm


Rölli Ridanpää (b.1986) is a lighting designer who lives in Helsinki. He is interested in understanding and visualising essential principles. He wants to encourage viewers to see beauty in a new way.

Tero Laine (b.1986) is a lighting designer who lives in Lahti. He is interested in the interaction between materials and light. As a designer he values old recycled materials combined with new techniques and interactivity.

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Senate Square

Petri Tuhkanen: People Power

Address: Senate Square

People Power invites people to observe and play with light together: when you step on the scales, the installation comes to life. The greater the number of people on the scales, the more intense the colour of the light becomes – this is people power in action! The scales control three colours of light: red, green and blue. The effect reaches its peak when the colours combine to form a bright white light.

The installation is created by 60 individually controlled lamps and three accurate yet durable industrial scales. The specially chosen materials represent a return to the basics, with halogen lamps, handmade coloured glass and sturdy wooden boxes.

Petri Tuhkanen’s interactive installation provides a sense of playfulness and shared experiences along the official Lux Helsinki route. Everyone is welcome to bring this art to life!

In co-operation with: Linnanmäki

Picture: Oskari Sarjakoski


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

Petri Tuhkanen (b. 1980) has a diverse background in the performing arts as a light and video designer and a scenographer. His previous installations for Lux Helsinki have include Sinisten välissä – In between the Blues, which describes the colours between the sea and the sky, and Ilon kuvia – Images of Joy, an interpretation of the feeling of joy from different perspectives.

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Tori Quarters (Torikorttelit)

Lucas Maassen: The Singing Building

Address: Aleksanterinkatu 22 (Entrance)

Dutch artist Lucas Maassen likes to give a voice to buildings. The Singing Building can be found in the historical Tori Quarters throughout the festival. The building features a mouth that is projected onto the façade performing a rap.

Finnish rap artist Hannibal has leant his voice to the installation. The original Dutch-language installation has delighted audiences at local light festivals in the Netherlands. Lucas Maassen has also created rapping chairs.

In co-operation with: Tori Quarters


Performance time: 5pm–10pm

Artist and designer Lucas Maassen (b. 1975) lives and works in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. His works have been exhibited in museums around the world, including MoMA in New York and the Grand Palais in Paris. In his art Maassen playfully manipulates the way in which we understand and control inanimate objects.

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