Riverside Nap Pillows

Riverside Nap Pillows


For one week in June 2011, everyone could allow themselves to sit down on the riverside benches, rest their head on a pillow, marvel at cumulus clouds that formed lovely shapes resembling cabbages and dragons – or simply close their eyes and listen to the sounds of the early summer.

Members of the handicraft workshop of the association of the unemployed in Salo collaborated with the Art Clinic to produce a week-long performance that could be experienced on a stretch of two kilometres and almost one hundred benches alongside the Aura river. At the end of the week the patchwork pillows were given to inhabitants of Turku who wanted to welcome some leisurely peace and quiet into their homes. On June 16, the performance (with new pillows) moved to the riverside benches of Salo, the nearby hometown of the Art Clinic team.

We want to thank Marimekko for the lovely fabrics and Newtop for print work!

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: Tuukka Kaila, Tanja Turpeinen ja Karoliina Knuuti.