In my current project in with the City of Tampere, Ympäristötaiteen Säätiö, and Ramboll, I'm studying which forms in city space are such, that they could be turned to art using todays methods and techniques. Sketching and researching, I came across the work of Cal Lane, an american sculptor that has in her work turned metal surfaces into magical stories, by cutting lace trimming patterns into them, as seen in the headline photo of this page. She writes:
"I like to work as a visual devil’s advocate, using contradiction as a vehicle for finding my way to an empathetic image, an image of opposition that creates a balance - as well as a clash - by comparing and contrasting ideas and materials."
Lanes amazing ability to stretch the material to express powerful meanings like in his work Filigree Car Bombing (cover image) gives us an idea of how we could challenge our ways of approaching the design of everyday forms. With the amount of metal surfaces in public space, and the methods of prefabricating we have today, could we integrate expression like this into our public spaces - without it becoming insanely expensive? I bet we could.
Iron detailing of the tomb monument of Augustin Ehrensvärd in Suomenlinna fortress just outside Helsinki. According to the Helsinki city art museum, the metal came from melted cannons from the war between Russia and Sweden in 1790.