Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

November 25, 2009

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d’argile

Helsinki photos / fotos

In English:

Originally there should have been 100 tons of clay showing huge clay cube. But what happened? It collapsed, all this huge clay cube. Then somebody got brilliant idea. Let’s citizen of Helsinki (Finland) make their own art from that clay. That was nice idea, because about 1300 persons made their own art and guess if it was a great success.

En español:

Originalmente la idea era hacer de 100 toneladas un inmensa cubo de arcilla. ¿Pero que sucedió? Se derrumbó el cubo de arcil. Entonces alguien recibió una idea brillante. Se permita que ciudadanos de Helsinki (Finlandia) hagan su propia arte en arcilla. Una idea genial. Aproximadamente 1300 personas hizieron su propia arte y eso fue un gran triunfo.

En francais:

Au début il aurait dû avoir 100 tonnes de d’argile pour faire une un énorme bloc cube d’argile. Mais qu’est-il arrivé ? Il s’est effondré, tout ce énorme cube d’argile. Alors quelqu’un a obtenu une idée génial.Laissez les citoyens de Helsinki (Finlande) faire leur propre art de l’argile. Cela était l’idée brillante parce que a peu près 1300 personnes a fait leur propre art. Vous pouvez bien deviner que c’était un grand succès.

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

Crazy Clay Art / Loco Arte de Arcilla / Fou art d'argile

43 Comments »

  1. The clay art is so awesome and huge! – Irene Suwarno

    Comment by Irene Suwarno — November 25, 2009 @ 09:23 | Reply

    • Hi Irene.

      I am glad that You liked them. Personally I admire in these the humor that so many “artists”, I mean, common men are showing. The humor is coming fron inside of a human being and I guess that those people who made these, that they had really fun.

      Comment by sartenada — November 25, 2009 @ 09:37 | Reply

  2. Great idea – and more permanent that sand castles. I’m sure I couldn’t do anything that good with all the clay in Finland!

    It would be even more fun if they let the people paint their creations too.

    Comment by bkkphotographer — November 25, 2009 @ 10:19 | Reply

    • Hello Ian.

      Thank You Ian. The the story has a sad end. The City Of Helsinki allowed to show these during two weeks. The clay has that kind of property, that is is getting dry very soon, also cracking and due to this, somebody had to water on daily bases all of those statues. So, after two weeks of display – all of them were destroyd. I feel a little bit sad, but the good thing is that I took total numberof 67 photos of them and so they are “documented”.

      Comment by sartenada — November 25, 2009 @ 11:25 | Reply

  3. such a cool idea. i can imagine stepping into a whole new world

    Comment by kseverny — November 25, 2009 @ 15:29 | Reply

    • Hello kseverny. Thank You stopping here and wondering this “new world”.

      Comment by sartenada — November 25, 2009 @ 15:38 | Reply

  4. Hi, What a great idea! We had a pottery in Scotland, making mugs, jugs, bowls, vases ….. So it was really interesting to see what people made for this display. I was wondering as I read it, what would happen when these clay sculptures were not fired in a kiln. The clay could be mixed up and recycled. That is the wonderful thing about clay. At least you got all those great photos.

    Comment by jackiequeen — November 27, 2009 @ 15:20 | Reply

    • Hello Jackiequeen.

      Your nice words warmed my heart, thank You. I do not have actual knowlidge about what happened to the clay. I am anyway quite sure that it was recycled because we have many kind of courses here for local people in schools during evenings and there they need clay as You told also when making potteries etc. Happy weekend to You.

      Comment by sartenada — November 27, 2009 @ 16:45 | Reply

  5. Looks like the Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi gone wrong….ha ha

    Comment by seanfraser — November 28, 2009 @ 13:27 | Reply

  6. Nice that You liked them Sean. I have to say that people are ingenious and creative.

    Comment by sartenada — November 28, 2009 @ 13:44 | Reply

  7. Wow!!! Thank you for recording this moment in time, for I would have never seen this collaborated work of art from this society. Your photos are wonderful and I love the large size and amount of them you contribute to each post. What sharp clear images you produce…

    Comment by Preston Surface — January 11, 2010 @ 04:03 | Reply

    • Hello Preston.

      How glad I am when reading Your comment. I feel myself a little bit sad when thinking that these “special looking” statues do not exist no more.

      Comment by sartenada — January 11, 2010 @ 07:17 | Reply

  8. oh my, that is well above my little polymer clay critters.

    inspiring for sure.

    thanks for sharing your link

    nina
    http://ntrygg.wordpress.com

    Comment by nktrygg — July 3, 2010 @ 06:10 | Reply

    • You are welcome Nina. Inspiration is important.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by sartenada — July 3, 2010 @ 07:40 | Reply

  9. Bonsoir

    Pas mal cette photo, ils ont mis du temps à les faire…..beau travail.
    bonne soirée
    frammy

    Comment by frammy — October 26, 2010 @ 23:36 | Reply

    • Bonjour Frammy.

      Merci beaucoup Frammy de ton visite et commentaires.

      Belle journée.

      Comment by sartenada — October 28, 2010 @ 06:19 | Reply

  10. this art is really innovative. I like a lot!

    Comment by manueljuradopainter — December 29, 2010 @ 13:56 | Reply

    • Hola Manuel.

      I am so glad that You liked this post of mine.

      Saludos.

      Comment by sartenada — December 29, 2010 @ 14:02 | Reply

  11. Even though it didn’t turn out to be permanent, it’s still a brilliant idea. Lots of people had fun doing it, even more had fun looking at it and the clay was probably recycled as well. Winning combination all round.
    I LOVE the cat on it’s back playing with the coins!!!! Brilliant piece of work! Thanks for the brilliant link!!!

    Comment by kiwidutch — January 14, 2011 @ 17:31 | Reply

    • Thank You kiwidutch. I think that You could not look at them without smiling. These are my favorites.

      Comment by sartenada — January 14, 2011 @ 17:35 | Reply

  12. I think artists are essentially creative people – ones who embrace desire to create things. In that logic I think you are an artistic photographer who take photos of the art. How wonderful you are!

    Comment by Aureo Bae — March 12, 2011 @ 11:27 | Reply

    • Hi Aureo.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Yes, I agree with You that they were creative people. Freedom to great and that combined with joy of creating, they give sometimes surprising positively results.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by sartenada — March 12, 2011 @ 14:04 | Reply

  13. The huge display ranges from unusual to humorous.

    I’m curious, though. What year did the clay fest take place for the artists? Did they have days, weeks, or months to complete their works? Were they built on the spot, or were they moved to where they’re housed now?

    I noticed one was cracked. Are they repaired as they begin to crumble?

    Why was the clay dumped there to begin with?

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — September 28, 2011 @ 15:26 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      I am so glad that You visited on this post and left Your comment. This happened in 2009. Because the clay (huge cube) felt apart, then the citizen oh Helsinki has one week to show if they had artistic talents. They must be watered all the time. When I visited in the hall, there were people watering those pieces of art. All are made on the spot. Personally I love this post and I am very proud that I had possibility to document it.

      Thank You very much for Your comment.

      Comment by sartenada — September 28, 2011 @ 16:04 | Reply

  14. awesome art just amazing having no more words

    Comment by shade artist — November 27, 2011 @ 18:11 | Reply

    • Hello Shade Artist.

      Thank You for Your comment. Sometimes ordinary people can be very creative.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — November 27, 2011 @ 18:37 | Reply

  15. Just imagine all of those wonderful pieces of creativity and not one is like the other. Imagination is wonderful and to be able to have such a creative release and be amongst such energy. It must have left a lot of happy, well adjusted people at the end of the day.

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — March 14, 2013 @ 22:05 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      That was nice comment. I was sure that You love them and that You are in good mood.🙂 Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2013 @ 08:24 | Reply

  16. Wonderful and full of imagination. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — August 10, 2013 @ 13:35 | Reply

    • Hello Mary.

      Thank You commenting this post of mine. It is among many my posts my favorite.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 11, 2013 @ 08:00 | Reply

  17. Wonderful creative works there! That is so amazing. Thank you so much for sharing, Matti!

    Comment by Amy — November 8, 2013 @ 16:21 | Reply

    • Hi Amy.

      Sorry being so late with my answer, but I just noticed that I never answered to Your comment. Thank You for kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 16, 2014 @ 09:11 | Reply

  18. Great idea to re-post this! Stunning work and photos, really!

    Comment by 76sanfermoa — November 11, 2013 @ 09:13 | Reply

    • Chiao Anna.

      Thank You. I know that am delayed to Your comment, so sorry.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 16, 2014 @ 09:13 | Reply

  19. I brought here a friend of mine , ti see this once more….
    So creative and unique!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — November 16, 2014 @ 10:19 | Reply

  20. This is very unique! Just like entering to a totally different world! Well captured!!🙂

    Comment by Indah Susanti — November 16, 2014 @ 11:38 | Reply

    • I was sure that You love these clay art pieces Indah. Someday, I show to You another art post which You love surely also.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 16, 2014 @ 11:55 | Reply

  21. The people of Helsinki are very creative and make some wonderful figures!

    Comment by asakiyume — January 28, 2015 @ 14:34 | Reply

    • Hi Asakiyume.

      I loved them also very much also. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2015 @ 15:11 | Reply

  22. Beautiful. Although I live in Helsinki I was not aware of this event. If I knew I could join. I love clay modeling.

    Comment by somdattadeb — July 13, 2015 @ 18:53 | Reply

    • Hello Somdattadeb.

      I read this from HS and visited, as soon it was possible to me. It yet today stays in my mind.🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 15, 2015 @ 07:08 | Reply


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