Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tourulan kuvataiteilijoiden avoimet ovet - Visual artists of Tourula - Open Studios Day



On Saturday November 13th, the visual artists of Tourula will be having an "open doors day". This is your chance to check out the studios and work of ten different artists, myself included.

The doors will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please stop by and check us out.


Our studios are located on the 2nd floor at Kivääritehtaankatu 8A.



Näytä suurempi kartta

Friday, October 29, 2010

Työhuoneessa / At the studio

I realized that I haven't posted anything from the studio lately. That said, here are a few recent photos of the workspace that I share with Annina Sarja at the Kivääritehdas (rifle factory).














A couple of projects that I am working on:




Friday, October 22, 2010

Ensilumenlatu - First cross-country ski trail of the season

The cross-country ski season in Jyväskylä is officially open. Made with snow from last winter that has been stored under a thick layer of sawdust, the trail will officially open on the 23rd of October.


The cross-country ski trail at Laajavuori by night.


"First snow trail - 1 day pass 8€ - Season pass 75€ - Children under 8 ski for free - Tickets available at Laajarin Kahvio (Laajarin cafe) - Only use the trail if you are wearing skis

Laajavuori's website

A photoseries from Keskisuomalainen showing the construction of this year's first cross-country ski trail.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Moss in the cracks, kirkkopuisto

I like to observe the world around me and find visual patterns. Sometimes my attention turns to the mundane. The most common patterns are perhaps the easiest to ignore.

The Church Park (kirkkopuisto)in downtown Jyväskylä is paved with a wide variety of bricks and stones. Most of the pavement has moss growing in the cracks.

I took these photos on a sunny day a few weeks back.













Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First snow since Spring

I guess winter won't be too far behind.


What we woke up to here in Jyväskylä this morning. The thermometer in the photo is giving the temperature in Celsius.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lake Jyväsjärvi on an early October evening

My son and I went for a little walk the other night. Here are some of the things that we saw along the way: Click on photos to enlarge or to see their location on the map


Looking across the lake towards the Ylistönrinne area of the University of Jyväskylä campus. This part of campus houses the Chemistry and Physics departments and the Nanoscience Center.



The Lutakko neighborhood is on the left. To the right you can see the bridge to the Kuokkala area.



The buildings on the right side of the bridge are in the Ainolanranta neighborhood.


Some pretty cool old iron-hulled boats at the temporary moorings. The city has a major harbor renovation underway, it'll be interestingv to see what it all looks like once the project is completed.



Looking across the temporary harbor towards Technopolis Innova. And yes, the funny looking watercraft in the lower lefthand corner is a floating sauna complete with outboard motor.



The train yard as seen from the pedestrian/bicycle bridge that crosses the highway between Kilpisenkatu and the harbor.



Looking up Kilpisenkatu from the pedestrian/bicycle bridge.



Detail from the pedestrian/bicycle bridge.



The Jyväskylä Matkakeskus, which houses both the train and the long-distance bus stations.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Kompassi/The Compass

The Compass (kompassi)marks the intersection of Kauppakatu and Asemakatu located in downtown Jyväskylä. Recently, the compass rose made of paving stone recieved a high-tech upgrade.


The Compass by day.

As part of the Jyväskylä, City of Light (Valon kaupunki.Jyväskylä) event,a new bit new outdoor lighting has begun to add a little extra illumination to the downtown pedestrian district.

The Compass as it now looks at night:







Apparently our fair city won first prize in the 2009 city.people.light awards. I find that the different light installations around town add a nice bit of color (and of course light) during the darkness which is our reality during the fall and early winter.

There are dozens of locations that have been illuminated in the downtown area. A map showing where to find these installations can be found here.