Kaj Frankin katu is esplanade of works of art
katu is a verdant promenade that extends from the University of Art
and Design Helsinki over the tram stop into the seaside. The official opening
of the street organised by The Public Works Department of the City of Helsinki is celebrated in
conjunction with the MoA Festival on Tuesday, May 22nd, at 1 p.m. The opening
ceremonies continue on the street between 6 and 8 p.m. with music, art walks
and the Saunabus.
Located on the street are Kaj Franck’s colleague’s, artist Howard Smith’s eight
colourful metallic pieces of art that embellish the grass terrace that descends
toward the seaside. In addition, at the start of the street is a space with
blue tiled walls where one can examine a collection of designers’ autographs
that tell the success story of the Arabia
factory. Combined together, the works create a unified piece of environmental
art comprised of different materials that makes for an interesting concretion
of urban living and public space.