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Piiloleikki

Piiloleikki is a series of 30 ministatues located the shore of the Aurajoki river in Turku, Finland. The statues are hiding in plain sight, waiting for observant passers-by to find them.

Piiloleikki Turku

Superman is climbing. -Antti Himanka

Oona Tikkaoja, an artist living in Turku, worked with 30 children to complete the statues. Each child got to plan and cast their own image in brass.

Piiloleikki Turku

A violin played over the water. -Katriina Tomberg

A paper map is that can be used to find the statues is available from the Turku main library or online as pdf.

Piiloleikki Turku

Sunbathing on a striped towel over the water.  –Aurora Santala

A Nomadi mobile application (search for a route called “Piiloleikki”) or verbal hints given by the children (in Finnish) in Soundcloud can be used with a mobile device to find the statues.

Piiloleikki Turku

You can see the tail from this crevice-Enni Näse

Traditionally brass is used by well-established artists in statues placed in valued locations. In Piiloleikki, brass was given to children to mould their own images, and they are located in non-locations of the city: curbs, corners and crevices. The artist wanted to question the established attitudes towards public art.

Piiloleikki Turku

Climbing has just started. Grab a hold of the railing!-Anna Ekholm

Piiloleikki is a part of three functional artworks ordered by the Central Park of Culture and Exercise of Turku.

Piiloleikki Turku

Self images of Lempi and Maria-Lempi Virtanen, Maria Palmu

For more information on other works of art by Oona Tikkaoja, visit vikuri.com.

Piiloleikki Turku

A hideaway next to rusty double doors to a museum-Matias Helola