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Plastique Fantastique builds a giant bubble around The Three Smiths

  • Architecture
  • Helsinki Design Week 2016

The Three Smiths is an iconic statue in the centre of Helsinki. During Helsinki Design Week, Berlin-based Plastique Fantastique collective builds a compressed-air installation around it.

The Three Smiths statue is a sculpture by Felix Nylund that has been part of the Helsinki cityscape since 1932. The blacksmiths’ long-lasting diligent work receives a temporary architectural tribute during Helsinki Design Week from 5 to 11 September when a compressed-air installation by Berlin-based Plastique Fantastique collective is built around it. The installation will make it seem like the smiths are floating in the air.

The installation is a part of HDW HOP city installations series that brings a wide variety of installations around the Helsinki city center during in September.

Founded in Berlin in 1999, Plastique Fantastique is a platform for temporary architecture that experiments with the performative possibilities of urban environments. It specialises in compressed-air installations that create alternative, adaptive, low-energy spaces for temporary and short-term activities.

The installation superKOLMEMEN invites the citizens and those looking for a peaceful moment to step inside. is a place to relax, share one’s experiences, and meet friends. Varying from day to day, the programme inside the bubble will offer views into design, architecture, and urban environment. The installation’s name has been derived from the three blacksmiths of the statue.

This space will host lectures, performances, and workshops. superKOLMEMEN’s programme is to be published in August together with the Helsinki Design Week programme.

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