The Sea gifted it to us (2010)

The collaborative artwork by Sirpa Miettinen and Valpuri Lindberg and Piia Kukkaislahti-Ferreira’s work group, The sea gifted it to us, is made of recycled materials and decorates the entirety of the Keilankanava pier. The metal parts of the work are surplus parts from a chemical pulp mill. The work is comprised of ball valves and valve gaskets. The metal parts on the pier can be sat on. The blue wall material in the background of the metal parts is made of dyed sprayed concrete. The shapes and colours of water repeat in the work. Even though the work is by the lake Kallavesi, its name features the sea. Miettinen explains that the name references her own interest in open water sailing. The sentence itself comes from Moomin books. Compared to the other Archipelago Street artworks, the work had an unusual selection process. It was chosen by readership vote organized by the newspaper Savon Sanomat.

Text: Kuopio Art Museum
Photos: Vicente Serra, City of Kuopio

Light artwork Alli Nissinen’s corner

“Alli Nissinen’s corner” is a communal light artwork designed by Sirpa Miettinen. The artwork will be completed to Mansikkaniemi School (Iisalmi town) in October 2022. It will be embedded in floor and the lights rise to the lower part of the wall. The artwork frames an area that can be used in many ways as a communal, activating space. Here is the idea draft picture of the artwork.

Bruno Nordberg Trophy

Sirpa designed a new prize for Metso Company, which is named after the founder of the company; Bruno Nordberg. The prize was published in September 2019. 

 The Tree of Knowledge, designed and accompanied by Sirpa. Basis of the Metso Award Series, 2009. Photo taken in Sanomatalo, Metso, Helsinki, 2019.