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Roundabout, with the Kasvu environmental work in the middle, depicting the logo of the University of Eastern Finland.

Kasvu environmental artwork in the Länsikatu-Siltakatu roundabout is now ready

The Kasvu (‘growth’) environmental artwork commissioned jointly by the City of Joensuu and the University of Eastern Finland for the Länsikatu-Siltakatu roundabout is now ready. The wooden piece consists of several components and forms the logo of the University of Eastern Finland when looked at from certain directions. Designer Sakari Hartikainen is responsible for the creative design of the piece in all its entirety. The initial idea of a scattered logo came from Bettiina Lievonen, a graphic designer at the University of Eastern Finland. The piece was manufactured by Puuartisti Oy.

Kasvu illustrates the importance of the university for Joensuu, and it also serves as a landmark for the university. The lighting used in Kasvu will be completed during the autumn. Usually, the lighting will be neutral white, but it can be illuminated with the colours of the University of Eastern Finland on the university’s theme and celebration days.

“It is great that the university was given the opportunity to participate in the planning of the roundabout, which is located right next to our campus. The outcome is a result of smooth collaboration between a number of people. Designer Sakari Hartikainen has wonderfully captured the essence of the artwork, and Puuartisti has done a superb job manufacturing it. The roundabout is now a beautiful and balanced entity, thanks to collaboration between various parties, such as the City’s parks designer. Kasvu describes and symbolises the university from a variety of perspectives,” Director of Facilities Management Tarja Harjula from the University of Eastern Finland says.

Kasvu is 4.8 metres high and made of Accoya, i.e., vinegar-treated Radiata pine, which is non-toxic, highly weather-resistant and maintenance-free wood.