Vanha Paukku
Vanha Paukku
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Cavalieri7
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Joseph Cavalieri is an artist and teacher based in New York City. He was invited to a month long residency at Vanha Paukku in July 2022. Joseph’s permanent stained glass art installation hangs in the Chapel of the cultural center.

The title of Joseph’ work is “Leijuva Metsa” or Floating Forest. It is hand painted, air-brushed stained glass made during his July 2022 artist residency.

Certain elements in the art relate to Finland and to the Chapel.

- The horizontal raindrops associate the art with the harsh weather in Finland.

- The green background pattern tiles were silk-screened by students during a workshop Joseph taught here in Vanha Paukka.

- The tall triangular trees link the art to the massive Finland forests. The points and brassy color of the trees are similar to pointy sharp ammunition. Before Vanha Paukka was a cultural center it was an ammunition factory. Sadly in 1976 forty workers were killed in an explosion, Finland’s worst industrial disaster. If you count the triangular trees inside of the three arches there are forty. Joseph is honoring those 40 people and saying they are in an enlightened place floating above us.

- The border is a signature pattern Joseph often uses in his glass work.

Next time you are at the cultural centre please stop by to see this in person.

By the way, If you count the triangular trees inside the arches there are actually 41. Joseph did this on purpose to say right now YOU are there, close to the people this Chapel is dedicated to.
Written 6 November 2022
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Cavalieri7
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I was honored to be chosen to do a month long art residency in this cultural centre for July 2022. My favorites:
- awesome museums
- photography collection
- gallery small gift shop
- linen & wool fabrics shop
- two great restaurants
Written 14 July 2022
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JariJK
Kouvola, Finland5,509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The cultural center of Vanha Paukku is situated in the old cartridge factory, which was opened in 1923. There are free museums, art exhibitions, a library, some factory outlets and at least two restaurants there. These were very interesting. We also ate very good and cheap lunch buffets in the restaurant Iso Prässi.
Written 10 July 2018
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Jari K
Berlin, Germany164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
A very nice place to visit at Lapua. Re-developed industrial site has an interesting history. At present it hosts boutiques, art museum, theatre, cafeteria, chapel, library etc.
Written 7 July 2015
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Topsu2
Seinajoki, Finland24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Vanha Paukku has several interesting targets. The museums offer a great knowledge package of the old cartridge factory that used to operate here. For the first time in my life I actually felt INTERESTED in whatever there was on display, points for that! I had no chance to see any performances in the theatre but I have heard that its worth it. Also the river cruise was not operating, but the ferry stood out for its looks! The art and camera exhibitions were quite tempting alike. Culture people will love this place in full scale.
Written 27 November 2014
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Beth A
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Business
Visited museum and area during a working holiday. Very interesting although, past history.

Souvenir shop and also various buildings with artefacts on area, local art and library and day care centre in facilities.
Written 16 July 2013
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K-JA_Finland
Turku, Finland72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
We had a short visit to this center with our relatives. The location used to be an ammunition factory that exploded in the 1970s with catastrophic results. Forty people died. This culture center is built on the remains of the factory and depicts the history of the factory as well as modern culture in the area. The center also has the city library of the town Lapua within the center.
Written 10 September 2012
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