Finnish Subway Station to Feature Mural by Estonian Artist
A mural by Estonian artist Leonhard Lapin will grace the wall of a new subway station in Helsinki, set to be one of the busiest in the Finnish capital.
Work on a 300-meter stretch of mural at the subway station of the Vantaa Kivistö district began a week ago, and it is one of the largest murals created by an Estonian artist, the daily Eesti Päevaleht reported today.
The Vantaa Airport will be linked to the subway network of Helsinki by next summer and there are commissions for art for each station.
According to Sirje Helme, the head of the Estonian Art Museum, commissioning a work from Lapin when there are good Finnish artists is a feat and shines a spotlight on Estonian art.
The project sees Kivistö as one of the busiest stops next to the Vantaa Airport stop.
The striped work hints at Lapin’s job as the professor of color and composition and will be “delicate and sophisticated”.
Currently, around 62 million people use the Helsinki subway every year. The new Kivistö stop on the ground and the stop at the airport underground are set to become the busiest stops.