Published on : Friday, July 22, 2016
Plastique Fantastique collective is prepared to build a compressed-air installation around an iconic The Three Smiths statue in Helsinki. The Three Smiths statue is a sculpture by Felix Nylund that has been part of the Helsinki cityscape since 1932.
This long-lasting diligent work will receive a temporary architectural tribute during the Helsinki Design Week from September 5 to 11 when a compressed-air installation by Berlin-based Plastique Fantastique collective is built around it. The installation will make it seem like the smiths are floating in the air.
Founded in Berlin in 1999, Plastique Fantastique is a platform for temporary architecture that experiments with the performative possibilities of urban environments. It specialises in compressed-air installations that create alternative, adaptive, low-energy spaces for temporary and short-term activities.
The installation superKOLMEMEN invites the citizens and those looking for a peaceful moment to step inside. It is a place to relax, share one’s experiences, and meet friends. Varying from day to day, the programme inside the bubble will offer views into design, architecture, and urban environment. The installation’s name has been derived from the three blacksmiths of the statue.
This space will host lectures, performances, and workshops. superKOLMEMEN’s programme is to be published in August together with the Helsinki Design Week programme.