made in the memory of those beloved
who have already passed away, yet also for those
who still live and exist in this reality.
Longing and imagination express the twinned
creative drives behind "Angel Swings".
Longing, being born of love, symbolises sweet pain.
Through imagination, we, as adults, can return to the
enchanted world of childhood where everything remains
possible and even the dead can be alive again.
Swinging represents a moment of catalyst.
Swinging depicts a child's ignorance of boundaries and
limits - while swinging ever higher through one`s own
exertion, feelings of daring, pleasure, joy and suspense are relished.
Upon tiring one can effortlessly give up and revert to listlessness.
Adults may not always have the courage
to throw themselves
into swinging or often remember how to
They have lost the ability
like angels in flight.
With gentle mischievousness, KAIJA POIJULA
reminds adults about longing for love, about the comfort found in simple
play, something that children don`t have to be reminded of. A work like
"Angel Swings" requires no explanation
to a child
Angel`s Swings - outdoor installation has
been on display in the following cities:
- 1996 Helsinki, Finland
- 1996 Mikkeli, Finland
- 1997 Rauma, Finland
- 1997 Lahti, Finland
- 1997 Kyoto, Japan
- 1997 Tokyo, Japan
- 1998 Kuhmo, Finland
- 1999 Washington D.C, USA
- 2000 Macon, Georgia, USA
- 2003 Essen, Germany
- 2005 Dublin, Ireland (Context Award for a large outdoor work of distinction,
"Sculpture in Context"-exhibition, National Botanical Gardens)
- 2011 Helsinki, Finland