Colourful street art on the construction site barriers of the Ratina shopping centre

The street art on the construction site barriers around the Ratina shopping centre is a monument to communality that delights local residents.

A massive, 20-metre graffiti mural adorns the construction site barrier around the new Valo-Ratina building, which is part of the Ratina shopping centre being developed by Sponda. It was painted by Tero Karvinen, regional artist and street artist, and street artists Samppa Stenberg, Samuli Kivinummi, Tarmo Kaikkonen and Juha Ristimäki. The work was produced as part of Tampere Illuminations, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

“I love seeing more and more co-operation in street art. The collaborative project with Ratina and the Tampere Art Museum is the first of its scale in Finland. We want to make art accessible to people, and we hope to reduce the prejudice against street art,” Karvinen says.

Interactive skills in a fun way

The 93 pupils of the Montessori classes in the Tampere Annala school also left their mark on the construction site barrier in Ratina.

“The co-operation project with the Ratina shopping centre was a great opportunity for the kids to practice their interaction skills and work with pupils of different ages outside the classroom,” says Vice Principal Kirsi Numminen.

“The co-operation project with the Ratina shopping centre was a great opportunity for the kids to practice their interaction skills.”

The theme of the work by the pupils of the Montessori school was My shopping centre. 

“The kids enjoyed creating art that will be displayed to the public and having their opinions heard. They were excited to use authentic graffiti art tools. The pupils are proud of their achievement, and many of them have brought their parents to see the work,” Numminen notes happily.