• Fishers’ stands in Jätkäsaari in 1919. Photo: Ivan Timiriasew, Helsinki City Museum.

  • West Harbour in the 1920s. Jätkäsaari on the right. Photo: Eric Sundström, Helsinki City Museum.

  • Saukonlaituri quay in Jätkäsaari in 1967. The harbour seen from the sea. Photo: Constantin Grünberg, Helsinki City Museum.

  • On the right Jätkäsaari in 1970. Photo: Simo Rista, Helsinki City Museum.

  • La Gavotte ship in the quay of Jätkäsaari in the 1970s. Photo: Keijo Laajisto, Helsinki City Museum.

Taidetta Jätkälle – Art for the Port

The first stage of the art competition Taidetta Jätkälle has ended. We want to warmly thank all the participants! We received 93 proposals, and the jury selected 5 of them to the second stage. The participants who were selected to the second stage have been informed personally. The winners of the competition will be published on Forum Box’s website at the latest in August 2021.

NB! You can pick up your proposal after the competition at Forum Box (remember the pseudonym you used) 5.3.-19.3.2021. See the address and opening hours here: https://forumbox.fi/en/visit/

Competition area in Jätkäsaari

The open competition in two parts seeks a public artwork for the port area in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki. The competition starts on 28 August 2020 and ends on 4 June 2021. The aim of the competition is to find a site-specific artwork that reflects the identity of Jätkäsaari. Jätkäsaari has rapidly transformed into an urban neighbourhood and a meeting place of travellers. It has over a hundred years of industrial and port history behind it connected to today’s busy West Harbour. Jätkäsaari is a hub that links the cities of the Gulf of Finland – Helsinki, Tallinn, and St Petersburg – to each other.

The artwork is meant to be located near the harbour, and the competition area consists of the so far unbuilt squares of Atlantinaukio and Madeiranaukio. Both squares will be built in ca. 2022–2025. Atlantinaukio will be an observation platform facing towards the sea whereas Madeiranaukio will be surrounded by dense urban structure.

The initiative for the competition was submitted by Cooperative Forum Box, and the competition will be carried out in cooperation with Port of Helsinki Ltd, City of Helsinki and Helsinki Art Museum HAM. The work will be added to HAM’s collections. The jury consists of seven people, who represent each of the organisations and two representatives selected by the Artists’ Association of Finland.



The first stage started on 28 August 2020 and ended on 20 January 2021. The jury of the competition selected 5 proposals for the second stage starting on 22 February 2021 and ending on 4 June 2021. The winner of the competition will be selected in the summer of 2021.


Jury secretary, communication

Kersti Tainio


Competition program




1_City plan






Questions & Answers

The competition plan reads that “The artwork is meant to be implemented at the same time as Atlantinaukio and Madeiranaukio are built.” Does this mean that the artwork could be planned to be built as a permanent part of the Atlantinaukio square also regarding the earthworks? Or is it assumed that the plan for Atlantinaukio is carried out according to the illustrations, and the artwork should be an element compatible with the plan but physically detached or detachable, if needed, and not integrated in the permanent structures of the square?

  • The squares are meant to be implemented mostly according to the existing plans (annexes 1, 3 and 5) and the elements (such as alignment, passageways and stairs) shown in these documents should be taken into account in the planning of the artwork. There are no limitations on the implementation method of the artwork in the competition plan, but the jury of the competition will consider the plan’s potential for being implemented.

Are there any weight limitations in the target areas? There are already some sort of open space plans for the areas, should they be taken into account while considering the placement of the artwork and would it be possible to view the plans? Are there any structures or technology under the surface of the target areas that should be considered? Are there plans regarding them?

  • There are no limitations regarding the physical aspects of the artwork (such as size, weight, or material). They are defined most of all by the scale of the competition areas, artwork’s potential for being implemented and the budget reserved for the implementation. The trees and other elements (such as alignment, passageways, and stairs) planned for the area can be seen in annexes 1, 3 and 5. They should be taken into account in the planning of the artwork. The competition proposal should be based on the plans attached to the competition plan. Elements not included in the said annexes need not be considered.

In the city plan the Madeiranaukio square seems to have a fanlike paving pattern. For the Atlantinaukio square there is a detailed plan of a strong paving pattern combining dark grey and white stone and matching design benches attached to the competition plan. Should one consider these (the paving pattern and the design and location of the benches) already decided and should the artwork hence match them or can the artwork challenge these or some of them? Could the artwork for example replace the paving pattern presented in the materials with a pattern on the ground or could it be located in a place where a bench is placed in the plan?

  • In Madeiranaukio it is possible to challenge the street plan somewhat. However, the large-scale framework conditions such as the alignment, escape routes, passageways and stairs of the square may not be changed. In Atlantinaukio the artwork should fit the existing plan for the square.

I’m looking at the draft for Atlantinaukio, and it strikes me that the placement of elements like benches, flower pots and binoculars is different in every sketch and plan. Are these elements something to count with while making the sketch for an artwork, or are they mere placeholders for the sake of creating an atmosphere at this point? Same question for Madeiranaukio; there is an abundance of plantation-grills (13 pcs) provided. Will they actually be realised or is this still a sketch/impression, to be adjusted to the eventual artwork?

  • The draft for Atlantinaukio (attachment nr. 4) is a preliminary draft, which was produced at an early stage of the planning process. This means that it should be considered only as a sketch. The attachment nr. 3 (Details_of_the_covering_materials) is more precise and finalised, and should be taken into account.The rows of leafy trees (Madeiranaukio plan, attachment nr. 5) are most likely to be planted although the final realisation may differ from the current plan. That is why they should be taken into account.

Will the square have a heating/de-icing system underneath?

  • No heating is planned for the square.

An “initial budget and an estimate of the work’s lifecycle and annual maintenance costs” should be attached to the competition proposal. Should the yearly maintenance costs be estimated or is a presentation of maintenance methods sufficient?

  • In the first stage a preliminary estimate of the implementation costs of the artwork should be included. The maintenance costs need not be estimated.

Should the budget include the eventual pedestal or base for the artwork?

  • The artwork does not need to have a pedestal, but if it is on a pedestal, the pedestal is a part of the work and has to be clearly indicated in the competition proposal and included the budget.

May I mail a scale model of the artwork?

  • Scale models will not be accepted for the first stage, but pictures of scale models may be attached. For more information, please see the competition plan.

Is there somewhere a scale model of Jätkäsaari or of its southern part, which one could go to see and possibly use to test the scale of one’s own idea?

  • There is a scale model of Jätkäsaari at the Jätkäsaari Info Center (Tyynenmerenkatu 1). The model is being completed at the same time as the area is constructed. However, the competition area is yet to be built. This means that the scale model is only sketchy.

Are there any limitations regarding the materials?

  • There are no limitations regarding the materials or implementation method of the artwork in the competition plan. However, the potential for implementation, costs and maintenance should be considered. For more information, please see the competition plan.

Can the artwork itself feature lights?

  • There are no limitations regarding the features or materials of the artwork. However, the potential for implementation, implementation costs and yearly maintenance should be considered.

Is the size of the artwork limited in any way?

  • The size of the artwork is not limited in any way, but the potential for being implemented, maintenance and the sum initially reserved for the implementation of the work, which is €100,000 (VAT 0%) including the artist’s fee, should be considered in the implementation. In addition, the jury will consider how the artwork fits the scale of Atlantinaukio or alternatively Madeiranaukio or both competition sites. For more information, please see the competition plan.

Are there any special historical events that have taken place in Jätkäsaari that I could use as a starting point?

  • Jätkäsaari has a strong history as a port area that goes back a hundred years and is continued today by the West Harbour. Hence, for a long time Jätkäsaari had an industrial identity that has changed only in this century when the area has become a dense urban neighbourhood. If you would like to browse pictures of the history of Jätkäsaari, you can do so in the finna.fi service. With the search term “jätkäsaari” you can find a lot of pictures that you can filter for example by selecting an era.

If my artwork is selected, does the budget reserved for the implementation of the work also cover the artist’s cost of living and working during the implementation of the artwork?

  • The second stage starts in February 2021. Those selected for the second stage should include a cost estimate specifying the costs of the materials and work needed for implementing the work as well as the artist’s fee. For more information, please see the competition plan.

Will the artwork be visible to the sea from the port or will it be hidden behind a park or buildings?

  • Madeiranaukio is closed from three of its sides, so in Madeiranaukio the artwork or its part will mostly be surrounded by buildings. Atlantinaukio is an open platform from which the artwork will probably, depending on its scale, be visible to the Atlantinsilta bridge, the visitor parking area of the port, and the other side of the canal.