The City Board approved Espoo’s first principles for public art unanimously in its meeting on 13 May. The principles are an expression of intent to build the city into an inviting public space through art. The principles for public art discuss functional models for implementing public art. Now, there is motivation to put these models into practice in Espoo.
The CultureEspoo 2030 programme approved by the City Council in 2015 states that the principles for public art will be adopted in city construction. The city-level CultureEspoo 2030 policies strive towards a bolder and more successful city where culture and art are a part of people’s environment and identity.
Espoo wants to make the city more attractive to residents and tourists alike. In a survey conducted by TNS Gallup in 2016, 75 per cent of Finns stated that they want to see works of art as a part of their everyday environment. In the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, this figure was over 80 per cent.
Photo: Pastel''s mural in Karakallio, Karakallio Creative 2018.
Espoo principles for public art (PDF, in finnish)