Pictures

Below are some sample pictures of previous art projects. If nothing else mentioned, all pictures are licensed under a Creative Commons 4.0 BY-NC-ND license.

 
 
 
 

AiR at Mustarinda | 2018

During September 2018 I was working as artist in residence at Mustarinda, which is situated next to the Paljakka Strict Nature Reserve in the Kainuu region of Finland (www.mustarinda.fi). I carried out different artistic wind experiments – inspired by nature and biomimicry.

Here are some movie clips from the projects:
www.youtube.com/simonshares

 
 
 
 

Humlefestival | 2018

In August 2018 I was invited to participate in the Humlefestival. I were also given the opportunity to share some thoughts about sustainability during a Talking Head session.

More info about the Humlefestival:
www.humlefestival.fi

Photo: © Petter West

 
 
 
 

(S)low-tech exhibition 2018

In July 2018 I had an exhibition at The Museum of Technology in Helsinki. The exhibition presented different projects that I had been working with during the past years. I also published a book for the exhibition.

More info about The Museum of Technology:
www.tekniikanmuseo.fi

 
 
 
 

Wind-driven Ice Carousel | 2018

This project was made at the worlds first Ice Carousel Festival in Lohja, Finland. Using recycled bed-linen I made an ice carousel spin. The weight of the rotating ice sheet was about 6 tons and the wind speed approx. 3-6 meters per second.

Here you can see the carousel in action:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=umLnjS3m7bk

More info about the festival can be found at:
www.icecarouselfestival.fi/en and Facebook

 
 
 
 

Wind-driven Ice Carousel | 2018

An artistic research project made in colaboration with Janne Käpylehto. An ice carousel with a weight of about 6 tons spins smoothly already at a windspeed of about 4 metres per second. Photo: © Janne Käpylehto

Here you find more info and a movie clip about the project:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6NAl4A75z8

 
 
 
 

Positiva | 2018

An exhibition that I made in cooperation with the BioFoto Finland Photography Association. My part of the exhibition consisted of two installations and three screens, showing different wind sculpture projects.

You can watch the movie clips at my YouTube-channel:
www.youtube.com/simonshares

 
 
 
 

Wind Carousels on Ice – Prototypes | 2017–2018

During the winter season 2017–2018 I made different experiments with vertical wind turbines rotating on sea ice. After making small scale models, I upscaled some of the ideas.

You can see movies about some of the projects at my YouTube-channel:
www.youtube.com/simonshares

 
 
 
 

Wind Carousels on Ice – Small Scale Models | 2017–2018

During the winter season 2017–2018 I made different experiments with vertical wind turbines rotating on sea ice. At first I made digital 3D visualisations, then some small scale models.

You can see movies about some of the projects at my YouTube-channel:
www.youtube.com/simonshares

 
 
 
 

A Tribute to the Persian Windmill | 2016

Triptych consisting of three wind sculptures. This experimental art project was exhibited in front och the Vaasa City Art Gallery in Finland. The project was inspired by the principles of the ancient Persian Windmill - a simple construction in which one side of a vertical turbine is covered whereas the wind pressure affects only the opposite side of the vertical axis. The turbines are floating on water, generating minimum friction at a low cost. The sculptures are made out of recycled materials - for example fabric from old raincoats. The project illustrates the potential of lowbudget&lowtech solutions as an opposite to the hype for high tech.

Here you can see a movie clip of the final versions in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTjTuySWh4A

 
 
 
 

Positiva - the wishing tree | 2016

This installation proposes a constructive approach towards a deeply concerning question: nuclear power and the final deposit of nuclear waste. What are the alternatives? What does your visions of a sustainable future look like? What are you dreaming about - what do you wish for? The construction illustrates the tunnel system in a future nuclear waste repository - turned upside down.

 
 
 
 

A Tribute to the Persian Windmill - small scale models | 2016

In 2016 I was invited to the Bothnia Biennale. A part of my exbibition in the Vaasa City Art Gallery consisted of small scale models of wind turbines - fans made them spin.

Here you can see the models in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcpiOZ9UA1g

 
 
 
 

Selfie 24-7 | 2016

This piece of art comments on the individualistic and narcissistic culture of today. The mockup smartphones (as well as tablets) were made out of recycled particle boards and mirror glass.

 
 
 
 

A ladder to the stars | 2016

This installation plays with perspectives. By using two way mirror glass and LED illumination I created an infinite view with an infinte ladder downwards to the stars.

 
 
 
 

Ti-La | 2016

In the beginning of 2016 I was invited to the Ti-La exhibition in Jyväskylä. I made several pieces, commenting on for example nuclear energy and individualism. The exibition called "Upside Down" however also proposed constructive solutions and alternative approaches to solving the unsustainabilty of our times. Photo: © Juho Jäppinen

 
 
 
 

Beyond Hubris - a seminar on sustainability | 2015

I arranged this seminar as part of my art project "Sketches and models for the future". In this poster you can see the seminar programme. I wanted to enlighten and generate an open discussion about sustainability from different points of view.

You can see the lectures and a panel discussion here (in swedish):
Part 1/6: Djupekologin som värdegrund i syftet att undvika katastrof
Part 2/6: Jorden har feber - klimatkrisen och framtiden
Part 3/6: Tid för ett gott liv
Part 4/6: Tillväxtens slut - omställningens tid
Part 5/6: Lokala berättelser
Part 6/6: Paneldiskussion

 
 
 
 

Sketches and models for the future | 2015

As part of this playful exhibition at Gallery GRO in Pietarsaari I made different small scale models out of recycled materials - fans made the models spin. I wanted to investigate the possibility of developing lowtech wind turbines with a minimum budget. Photo: © Beate Berntsen

You can see some of the models in action here:
https://vimeo.com/128902442

 
 
 
 

Sketches and models for the future | 2015

This exhibition - consisting of 120 sketches, smallscale models and movies - illustrated a playful creative process. The sketches were also published in a book (in swedish) which you can download here. Photo: © Beate Berntsen

 
 
 
 

Spetsmönster | 2008

Light sculpture in front of a school complex in Pedersöre. The sculpture symbolizes the tip (in swedish: spets) of a pencil and it is is made of stainless steel. A lace pattern (in swedish: spetsmönster) in the is enlighted.

 
 
 
 

House of Cards | 2008

Light sculpture made of stainless steel. This was the winning proposal in a national art competition held in connection with the Housing fair in Vaasa. The sculpture symbolizes our modern civilization which is technically thriving, but at the same time it is very fragile - like a house of cards.

 
 
 
 

House of Cards | 2008

The sculpture seen in daylight from above. The Cards are made of stainless steel and hence reflect sunlight. The construction, which has an overall height of about 7 metres, is situated by the sea.

 
 
 
 

Hallvars lykta | 2005

This is a memorial sculpture for Paul Hallvar (1913-1961). Using two way mirror glass an inner light box i reflected infinitely in three directions. The sculpture was sponsored by a energy company in Pietarsaari.

 
 
 
 

ARTiPELAGO - reflected pictures | 2005

The name for this art project is a shortening of "art in the archipelago". Six photographs - some of them taken by photographer Jonas Brunnström - were glued onto aluminium plates and mounted under bridges in the archipelago between Pietarsaari and Kokkola. Some of the pictures are enlighted in the dark and reflected in the water. The reflected picture changes according to wind and waves.

Here is an old website for the project (some malfunctioning links):
www.7broar.com/artipelago

 
 
 
 

ARTiPELAGO - points of view | 2005

Another part of the ARTiPELAGO project consists of twelve brass signs placed in the archipelago outside the community of Larsmo. Each sign has its own pattern inspired by traditional Ostrobothnian handcraft. The signs are mapped with GPS coordinates and each sign has a story linked to it. The idea of the project could be compared with geocaching, which later on has become popular hobby.

Here is an old website for the project (some malfunctioning links):
www.7broar.com/artipelago

 
 
 
 

Spotlife | 2001

Light installation at the Forces of Light festival in Helsinki. Soap was pumped between two glass plates, making light filter. The projected light pattern was constantly changing, symbolizing a dividing cell and the fact that light generates life.

 
 
 
 

Spotlife | 2001

Light installation at the Forces of Light festival in Helsinki. A spot light, soap, a pump and a timer generated a ever changing light pattern.

 
 
 
 

Urban ruska | 1999/2000

Light installation at the Forces of Light festival in Helsinki. By projecting coloured light on bicycle reflectors I brought a feeling of "the Ruska in Lapland" to Helsinki in the millennium shift. The reflectors turned gently in the wind generation the feeling of a mirage.

 
 
 
 

Birdhouses | xxxx

A village consisting of alternative birdhouses were built during an art project in the archipelago outside the community of Korsholm. The installation was a playful comment on a serious fact: nature and animals having to adapt because of human activities.

 
 
 
 

Pillar of fire | xxxx

Light sculpture made of orange coloured bicycle reflectors. This sculpture was exhibited at several places. In the picture you can see it at a music festival in Pietarsaari.

 
 
 
 

Letters in space | 2004

This installation was a tribute to the 200 years anniversary of writer J.L.Runeberg. It consisted of 200 letters hanging in the trees of Runeberg park in Pietarsaari. In night time the letters were enlighted from below. Since Runeberg wrote the poem which later became the national anthem of Finland, the letters were painted in blue with the white snow, symbolizing the colours of the Finnish flag.

 
 
 
 

Reflections | xxxx

Light installation consisting of bicycle reflectors attached to a welded metal frame. The installation generated exciting reflections and shadows as the reflectors were turning in the wind.

 
 
 
 

Cow | xxxx

Cow made of Pine cone seeds, exhibitioned at the workshop "Playing ground Finlandia" in the community of Nykarleby.