10.12.2012 31.12.2014

The Blue Line

The Helsinki 200 Years as Capital jubilee year will culminate in a light installation above the anniversary year theme street Union Axis.

imageMayor Jussi Pajunen will launch the Blue Line light installation in Helsinki Observatory on Monday, 10.12.2012, i.e. 135 years to the day after the electric light lit up in Helsinki and the entire Finland for the first time in 1877.

The installation is designed by Vesa Honkonen/Vesa Honkonen Architects LP, technical implementation by Eastway. A laser light draws a blue line above Union Axis. The laser beam extends from the roof of Helsinki Observatory to the Kallio church tower. The blue line marks discreetly the inner city’s longest undivided street axis and links the extremities of Union Axis with each other.

The best spot to view the installation is Union Axis itself. The weather has an impact on the visibility of the beam, and a slightly foggy weather gives the best visibility. The Blue Line lives according to the time of day, the four seasons and the city’s pulse. During the first months of the installation, up to end January, the Blue Line is best seen from 6 pm to 2 am daily.

Union Axis refers to the street axis between Tähtitorninmäki (observatory hill) and Kallio church. The axis consists of Kopernikuksentie, Unioninkatu and Siltasaarenkatu streets. imageSome of the most significant buildings and sites of the city’s history are located along Union Axis, and many important institutions as well. It was along this street that Emperor Alexander I arrived in Helsinki in 1819. It was the Emperor who promoted Helsinki into the status of capital.

The installation will be implemented in cooperation between the City of Helsinki, Helsinki Energy, Helsinki Association of Evangelical Churches and the University of Helsinki. Union Axis is a joint project of Helsinki 200 Years as Capital and Helsinki WDC 2012.