Experience Life on a Leaf - Public tour
Guided tour in the Leaf House
The Finnish artist Jan-Erik Andersson’s Gesamtkunstwerk (or ‘Total Art Work’), the leaf shaped house Life on a Leaf, was completed in 2009. The unique house, which functions as a artistic residence, was first conceived in 1999. It was planned with architect Erkki Pitkäranta, with whom Andersson has worked for many years,
The house is the main part of Andersson’s Doctorate in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. In it Andersson imaginatively explores several issues, which address the relationship between art and architecture, and between a house and its surroundings: Can you live in a picture or a sculpture?
The Life on a Leaf house has inspired a dozen of Andersson’s artist colleagues to make art works and poems, which are incorporated into the building: wall and floor details, a laminated kitchen table top, wall paper, light fixtures, in-floor video work, outdoor tables and benches, environmental planning and a sound installation in a handrail which responds to changes in the wind and light outside.
This one hour tour will give you insight into the art and project.
This is a public tour. Group size is limited.
For the time being the public tour is only in Finnish.
- Professional guide
- Art and architecture
- The house is not accessible for people with limited mobility, it has several floors.
- There are stairs and narrow passages
Essentials to pack for an activity
Note: you need to remove your shoes in the house, take socks with you.