Visual artist Jaakko Niemelä’s light and sound installation, “Finland’s Smallest Christmas Street,” will be on display in Kitukränn from November 25, 2023, to January 7, 2024, between 4 PM and 9 PM.
“This Christmas, pale light will be projected onto the street surface, creating a serene atmosphere around the black and white artwork. It offers a moment of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,” says museum and cultural director Risto Kupari.
Artist Jaakko Niemelä has designed the piece for his hometown, in the heart of Old Rauma, on Finland’s narrowest street, Kitukränn.
“Finland’s Smallest Christmas Street” consists of five faux windows attached to the walls of houses. Images drawn by the artist are projected onto these windows with light. The sound landscape of the piece includes household noises and children’s narratives about the windows and the events unfolding behind them.
The installation respects the spirit of Old Rauma and the conditions of its location. “Finland’s Smallest Christmas Street” was first displayed in 2021. The light and sound installation is part of the overall Lace Town Christmas experience.