In Praise of Office Employees

In Praise of Office Employees


Is there somebody in your place of work who always washes everyone else’s coffee cups without a word of thanks, or seems to spend his or her every vacation ill? Someone whose computer always tends to crash at the critical moment?

In February 2011 the citizens of Turku were asked to report their colleagues in need of some cheering up. Reports were given to our Turku365 hotline by phone or using our online tip-off form. Aurajoki Official Singers’ Group composed personalised songs of praise to seven individuals exposed by their co-workers. The songs were performed during working hours with the entire office surprised with polyphonic singing and cakes.

Six of the songs were performed in April and one in October 2011. A few hard workers also received a letter and a cd with a song made for them as a surprise.

Place: several offices and institutions
Choir: Aurajoki Official Singers’ Group

Composition, adaption and directing of the songs Kari Mäkiranta, lyrics Timo Väntsi. 

The artwork was a production of Art Clinic, where groups and private individuals created public urban artworks tailored for their personal skills and interests. Art Clinic was part of Turku European Capital of Culture 2011 program as part of Turku365 - artwork.

Photos Lilli Haapala.