Love Helsinki

2012
Janne Siltanen

The Baana bicycle lane cuts through the city. It runs from Kiasma and the Music Centre right past HAM, all the way to the Ruoholahti district. Converted from an old railway chasm, it has since been planted with trees and bushes and dotted with basketball, table tennis and pétanque fields. The chasm has several resting spots, as well as environmental artworks such as Love Helsinki by Janne Siltanen (1976-). One part of this work is a mural and the second part a red sculpture spelling out Helsinki, inviting to rest for a moment on top of it. You might not be the only one enjoying the sculpture as its curves and platforms are also a favourite of skateboarders.