Artwork by Neeme Külm “Kartio / Koonus / Cone”
Public art on a facade of the service and parking facility called Pööli in the centre of Hämeenlinna, Finland.
Client: Hämeenlinnan Pysäköinti Oy
Architecture of the building: INARO Architects (Finland)
Venue: Service and parking facility called Pööli
Installation date: 08.10.2020
Project executed in collaboration with:
VMT Tehased Ltd (fabrication of the Cone), HN Steel (fabrication of the roof frame), MEC Insenerilahendused OÜ (support analysis).
The planning and production of the artwork coordinated by Valge Kuup during 12.2019–10.2020.
Neeme Külm: “Considering the source of my creative impulse, it all starts with a simple question – What am I up against? Everything affects us, from the weather to the people around us. The conical shape I have chosen is largely universal. This geometrical shape is recognised by toddlers playing in a sandpit as well as adults, be they interested in technology, arts, or any other field. I was drawn by the simplicity of the idea. It is like a single chord, a physical reaction to architecture and the environment. I am fascinated by the idea of the Cone as an urban found object. How does it seem, reminiscent of a traffic cone, that has been left to dry like a shirt on a branch? Presenting it like this fuels its temporary nature. To consider art as not eternal is a relief, you simply accept it, despite the hardy material.Art offers a relief from the drive/urge of acceleration, the constant dissatisfaction, which wrecks us. I would like to place a traffic cone in the way of this incessant acceleration, to stop us overestimating our abilities. To force us to slow down and sense the moment, becoming one with everyday life.”