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Career Path

2011
Turku, Finland

Interactive public art project that invites people to reflect on the arc of their career dreams. Located on a university path nicknamed Uraputki, or “Career Path,” the installation includes prompts in English, Finnish, and Swedish and encourages students to reflect on their natural childhood passions and how they’ve changed or stayed the same. Responses included: “When I was little I wanted to be a princess. Today I want to be an electrician.” “When I was little I wanted to be a bird. Today I want to be a speech therapist.” “When I was little I wanted to be a minister. Today I want to be a rock god.” Commissioned by Flux Aura and Artist as Neighbor with support from the European Capital of Culture festival.

2011, Turku, Finland. Temporary spray chalk, chalk, concrete path. 250′ x 8′. Lighting design by Anni Hapuoja. Installation assistance by Pete Koivunen, Anni Hapuoja. Studio assistance by Kristina Kassem. Project coordination by Tonja Goldblatt and Suvi Aarnio.

“When I was little I wanted to be a minister. Today I want to be a rock god.”

“When I was little I wanted to be a paleontologist. Today I want to be happy.” “When I was little I wanted to be kind. Today I want to be an air hostess.” “When I was little I wanted to be a truck driver. Today I want to be ??”

“”When I was little I wanted to be a cowboy. Today I want to be a designer.” “When I was little I wanted to be a secret agent. Today I want to be a psychologist.” “When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. Today I want to be a teacher.”

Photos of the installation process:

Photo by Pete Koivunen

Photo by Pete Koivunen

Unless credited otherwise, all photos by Candy Chang

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