Sketch

2007
84 x 107 x 55 cm
body-tinted plaster

Sketch

Sketch is based on a photograph from the 1950s in which the mayor of the city of Espoo, next to Helsinki, is bending over a scale model of the future 'garden city' of Tapiola, which has subsequently come to be known as a successful combination of functionalist architecture and the natural environment in Finland. In this work, the man's manner of dress and the monochrome image clearly refer to the time when the picture was taken. The scale model of the buildings still appears fresh and it could have been designed only recently. The image is at the same both modern and nostalgic. The mayor's pose makes the work a picture of demonstration, managing and protecting. The scale model is a sketch, a three-dimensional image made for viewing a future structure. It is a pure and undisturbed image of a building