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Fast Ruins

Leena Kangaskoski

Leena Kangaskoski’s sculptures made of Finnish clay are located on the shore of Kläppudden opposite the Hanko Harbour. Standing in the sand the surfaces of the sculptures are covered with finger prints and extrusive seams, results of ill-fitting mold parts. The clay has not been fired hard. The sculptures stand in the sand unprotected from the elements. The sun, rain and wind leave their mark on the clay and eventually the finger prints wear away, the structures weaken, collapse and return back to soil.

Fast Ruins is a temporary, delicate and vulnerable sculpture. The porous structure exists in dialogue with the environment and the goodwill of the passers by. Observations of nests and huts built on the shore have inspired the shapes of the sculptures. The ideas behind the artwork have risen from unresolved climate anxiety and a need to find alternative working models which are transient instead of permanent, decaying instead of consuming.

Material: Finnish unfired clay (2021)

Photos: Sandra Kantanen

Leena Kangaskoski (b.1982) is a visual artist working in Helsinki. Her artworks are often carefully thought out pieces where materials and their properties play an important part. Through working on her projects Kangaskoski examines various phenomena in for example popular science, self-help and culture. After graduating as Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art in London in 2011 she has participated in several joint projects together with professionals from different fields of art.

Leena Kangaskoski’s artworks have been on show, among others, in the Barbican Pit-theatre in London, a touring gallery in Vancouver and a lido built inside a cave in Harstad in Norway. In Finland she has had solo exhibitions for instance in MUU Gallery in Helsinki, in Titanik Gallery in Turku and Gallery Rajatila in Tampere. During the summer of 2021 a public sculpture commissioned by Helsinki Art Museum will be completed for the new daycare centre in Hopealaakso in Laajasalo. Leena Kangaskoski is a member of Association of Finnish Sculptors and MUU ry.

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