An open competition for the visual identity of Helsinki Metro stations, announced by Helsinki City Transport HKL in the beginning of the summer, has been completed. The competition sought artworks for the walls behind tracks. HKL received more than 70 proposals and purchased 11 of them.
“Overall, the proposals were really good. We’re happy that the competition aroused interest, and we thank all competitors,” saysElina Norrena, HKL’s service development and communications manager.
The artworks vary from line drawings and works realized with graphic elements to more freestyle illustration styles. Some works utilize information design.
HKL sought to give each station an individual, easily recognizable and fresh look that withstands time.
Art experts on the jury were the curator of public art of Helsinki Art Museum HAMKristiina Ljokkoiand graphic designerAri Matinmikkoof the City of Helsinki.
“It’s magnificent that HKL offers non-commercial surfaces at Metro stations for city residents to express their ideas. The proposals approached locality and the individual character of stations in highly diverse ways,” Ljokkoi says.
The selected works will be finalized in cooperation with the artists and implemented during this autumn and in the winter. The total number of boards to be replaced at stations is nearly 500 and varies between 30 and close to 60 at stations.
HKL will make announcements on the artworks and artists as the works are completed.
Winning artworks and artists (the quotes are from the artists on their works):