Commissions and Public Art Waternity, Open Spaces, Feutersoey, Switzerland Muistamme, Malmi cemetery, Helsinki Jox daje ci jantu xaaju-bëccëg bi, Saint-Louis, Senegal Out of Context, Mary Thomson House, Albany, Australia XX, Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory), Helsinki Valoon, Helsinki Prison Ole rohkea, Helsinki School of Natural Sciences Et voi koskaan tietää kaikkea mistään, The Media Centre of Education Department, Helsinki Kunnianosoitus kouluruokailulle, Tammisalo school/kindergarden, Helsinki Avaruusryijy, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki Sermip ingerlaarfia allakkoortoq , Qaqortoq, Greenland

Honour to Schools' Free Meals / Kunnianosoitus kouluruokailulle

We have had free lunches for pupils in our schools since 1948.
It have had a big influence in Finland's social structures.
Parents don't need to make bag lunches for their children nor pay for it.
It had meant equality between pupils, and also between parents.
Both mothers and fathers are able to work out of home if wanted.

The name of the artwork "Kunnianosoitus kouluruokailulle" could be translated "Honour to Schools' Free Meals".
It is a series of four pictures, where a delicious helping of mashed potatoes, grated carrots and heap of meat balls disappear, only leaving a dirty plate.
Coloured acrylic tubes are making the image.
The work of art is located in Tammisalo school/kindergardenand and was installed in the beginning of 2003.

photos: Ulla Paakkunainen

Measurements (height x breadth) 270 x 160 cm

I made also animated sketches. Here is one, where the work of art is approached on stairway from upstairs.
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