Jani Rättyä and Antti Stöckel: Daisy (Päivänkakkara)

Jani Rättyä and Antti Stöckel: Daisy (Päivänkakkara)

  • 2011
  • wood, fibreglass and steel
  • location: Linnankatu 72

The sculpture Daisy by Jani Rättyä (b.1973) and Antti Stöckel (b.1973), situated on the grass area between the ship Suomen Joutsen (Swan of Finland) and Forum Marinum, is a temporary work of Turku’s outdoor collection with an estimated lifespan of 3 to 5 years. The stem of the plant consists of 12 wooden parts, the petals have been made of fibreglass strengthened with steel and the yellow centre of the flower is made of wood.

The artists, Jani Rättyä and Antti Stöckell, hope that the sculpture would remind viewers of both the beauty of nature and the human responsibility for preserving its diversity. The short lifespan of the work also reflects the short life of wildflowers.

The monumental daisy that turns the size difference between humans and plants upside down has become a popular piece of environmental art particularly among children, and many passers-by pose in front of the sculpture for a photo. The stem of the plant offers children an interesting opportunity for climbing and playing.

Photo: TMK/Raakkel Närhi