The Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
Raimo Saarinen’s Floating Island is a large environmental artwork sited at sea.
The sculptural work is about 25 square meters in area and it is kept afloat by a polystyrene core. The shell imitating natural rock is made of stained concrete. Living trees and other plants have been planted on the island.
Set in the sea, the artificial island invites us to reflect upon the Western idea of nature. We humans have for a long time set ourselves, our culture and all the things we produce apart from nature. Raimo Saarinen’s work examines the relationship between constructed and natural environments in a world where the imprint of humanity is found everywhere.
Floating Island is anchored in the Otanlahti bay. The work can be viewed from many places along the bay and its beaches, and is closest to the shore between the Fåfänga Pavilion and Merikylpylä saunas (Suvitie 4).
Raimo Saarinen specialises in using plants as material in his art. His works balance the vitality of environmentally sensitive plant life with the tangibility and permanence of sculptural materials. Floating Island is his first major public artwork.
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The Lönnström Art Museum
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The Lönnström Art Museum, Syväraumankatu 41
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