Art at St. George
Why Art? – Because people need to feel its power
Hotel St. George’s international marketing will be launched with a bold move in line with the concept: a curated art collection. A work of art by the internationally renowned modern artist Ai Weiwei will adorn the gallery-esque lobby at the hotel’s main entrance. Standing face to face with the giant white dragon will be a magical moment for hotel guests.
Tianwu is a kite, a structure made by hand of bamboo and covered in white silk. This airy work of art is part of the Er Xi, Air de Jeux installation, which was showcased in Le Bon Marché department store in Paris in early 2016. Weiwei found inspiration for the installation in traditional Chinese Shan Hai Jing fairy tales, the first of which were written in the 4th century BC. These stories have been passed down generations for centuries. The mythological creatures displayed in Le Bon Marché resembled birds, fish and dragons. The Tianwu dragon travelled to Helsinki to an exhibition at a local gallery in spring 2016, and now its story continues into the future at Hotel St. George. Helsinki exhibited Ai Weiwei’s art in the year before, too, when the Helsinki Art Museum HAM was reopened to the public with a wide-ranging exhibition of the artist’s work in autumn 2015.
Sculptor Pekka Jylhä delivers another unique art experience at Hotel St. George when his six-metre brass bird finds a permanent nest under the glass roof of the Wintergarden. The interplay between light and the bird’s sculptural form creates a striking spatial ambience. Pekka Jylhä’s sculpture was privately commissioned for the Wintergarden of Hotel St. George.
The artistic experience continues in the hotel rooms, which owe their colour palette and ambience to some of Finland’s most renowned graphic artists. The visual worlds of Juhana Blomstedt, Lars-Gunnar Nordström and Ernst Mether-Borgström each tell their own stories to hotel guests.
Hotel St. George will be spoiled with art. In the Winter Garden, sculptor Pekka Jylhä’s six-meter-long brass bird finds a permanent nest under the glass roof of the Winter Garden. The interplay between light and the bird’s sculptural form creates a striking spatial ambiance. Jylhä has a unique way of mixing scale, material and light. He creates works that observe poetically the large and small details of life while always leaving room for the viewer’s own discoveries and interpretation.
Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) is widely regarded as one of the most renowned contemporary artists alive today. Known for his social commentary, Ai Weiwei uses a variety of mediums and materials in his conceptual art, experimenting with sculpture, photography, documentary, video and architecture.
Take a break from routine and refresh yourself with art! Hotel St. George has teamed up with museums in the greater Helsinki area to provide its customers with unique experiences of culture and art.