Submissions can be designed individually or in groups of maximum 4 people. To enter the contest, write an essay (in English or Finnish) with 500-2000 words presenting your artwork. Include an implementation plan and an estimation of the artwork’s lifespan.
When estimating lifespan, please note that the installation will be exposed to daylight. The artwork will be suspended from the visitor center ceiling. Installation plan should respect the theme and size given in competition description.
Entries can be submitted from December 11th, 2017 until January 31st, 2018. The competition is only open for students of Aalto ARTS university and Lahti Institute of Design.
A jury will choose the winning entry in February 2018, and the artwork will be produced during March-April 2018. The
work will be presented in Äänekoski mill’s visiting center in June 2018.
All rights, including ownership to the winning work will be held by Metsäliitto Cooperative.
For questions regarding the competition or Metsä Group’s visitor center, please send your questions to identity[a]metsagroup.com.
About the space
Overall architecture and interior-design of the visitor center reflects Scandinavian style characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. The colour palette is a harmonic combination of light wood, clean white, earthy green, and ash grey.
High ceilings and large frameless windows with the Äänekoski mill as a backdrop give a lofty feel to the space.
Material choices are made from a wide variety of Metsä Group´s own products. Soft and warm birch plywood and Kerto laminated veneer products. Which are combined with more harsh and colder materials - dark ash grey concrete on the flooring, glass railings on the stairs and on the second floor surrounding framing the space for the installation.