Red granite and aluminium – 2009

The year 1809 changed the order of the world: Finland and Sweden were separated.

Kaarina Kaikkonen’s work Forwards and Elisabeth Sagefors’ work Low Ridge together create a bridge on which the two countries can meet again.

These two artworks were completed in 2009 as a commemoration of the separation of Finland and Sweden 200 years earlier.

Kaarina Kaikkonen’s work Forwards has inspired 3D artist Matilda Heilala, who worked at the Memo Institute at Aalto University (Research Institute of Measuring and Modeling for the Built Environment) in summer 2019. She created a 3D animation where we see one of the jackets in motion.

The sculptures are owned by the Finnish State Art Commission, which is part of the Finnish National Gallery.