Lyhty (meaning Lantern) is a permanent public installation in Helsinki’s new residential district of South Hermann Park, by Interior Architect Esa Vesmanen and Visual Artist Hilda Kozári.

Visitors can perceive and delight in Lyhty’s organic shape and its playful aura. The sculpture’s form was developed to compliment the park’s vegetation and contrast with the surrounding, cubist architecture. Five-metre high powder-coated steel fins encircle the emergency exit of an underground parking garage. Bright white, it reflects sunlight during the day, and when illuminated at night, it shines and improves safety. Depending on the time of day, the fins cast alternating patterns of shadows, and from a distance, they flicker with a moiré effect.

Client: Teppo Isokangas/ ATT/ Helsingin kaupungin asuntotuotantotoimisto

Modeling: Pure Design Oy/ Esa Vesmanen, Laura Järvinen

Structural Design: Vesa-Matti Lehtovaara, Jarkko Aittoniemi/ Kalliosuunnittelu Oy

Steal construction: Jorma Perälä/ Joter Oy

Environmental Design: Kirsi Laatunen, Vireo Oy

Lighting: Saas Instruments Oy

Rock and park contruction: Jarmo Pulli/ Stara

Constructor: Lemminkäinen

Art in Arabianranta