Joensuun Elli Residential Building
At this student housing facility three large 3 x 3,8 meter female figures make an impressive and direct contact with the passers-by.
This wonderful work of art, entitled “Sisters”, is based on three paintings by artist Maria Mughal: “Poem”, “Nature” and “Helen of Troy”. Mughal’s original inspiration for the series of works was based on concrete as a material – often considered gray and cold, even impersonal.
These colorful images are the very opposite; achieved by adding yellow, red, and blue pigments in the concrete mix. The vast amount of different color tones is achieved by exposing black aggregate - more or less- depending on the wanted tone.
This is a fine example of the preciseness of Graphic Concrete - even the most intricate design can be transferred to a precast concrete surface!