Career Path

Career Path is a participatory public art installation in Finland that invites students to reflect on the evolution of their professional aspirations as they determine a discipline of study. Located on a university pathway nicknamed Uraputki, or “Career Path,” the installation features prompts in English, Finnish, and Swedish that ask passersby what they wanted to be when they were a child and what they want to be today. The project transformed a neglected space into a constructive one for students to collectively reflect on their childhood dreams, how they’ve changed or stayed the same, and how this perspective might clarify genuine passions and inform their current explorations. 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, and part of 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 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.”
Chang installing the project. Photo by Pete Koivunen.