Art works at Aalto University Töölö react to the many details and materials of the renovated spaces. They respect the past and propose diverse angles for the future. With its public art concept for the building, ‘Radical creativity’, Aalto University seeks to create a sense of contrast in the historical building and its visually impressive interior.
Public Art at Aalto University
The vision of public art at Aalto University is to address and raise questions about what it is to be a university, what we do together in society, and what constitutes the public.
Based on these and other enquiries, public art is site-specific and connects with the diversity of the university and its post-disciplinary communities that extend beyond Otaniemi, to global networks. Public artworks reflect this diversity through different art forms, materials, techniques, and traditions.
How does Aalto procure our public art?
Contemporary public art often raises critical questions about history, the present and future, and reflects the values of Aalto such as passion, courage, freedom, responsibility and integrity. These questions and values help guide the procurement of artworks at Aalto University.
Art procurements are made by purchasing ready works of art, ordering site-specific art works or organising art competitions. The collection and art procurements are curated and coordinated by Senior Specialist Outi Turpeinen together with the Aalto community.
The artists of the works are mainly Aalto University alumni who represent numerous different fields of art.
Public art at Aalto
As the first university in Finland, Aalto University has a public art strategy and has committed to using one percent of building costs to fund art.
Outi Turpeinen, Senior Specialist (art & exhibitions)
[email protected], +358 50 4314194