Laura Lappi, Palace Basilica

Laura Lappi Palace Basilica


The inspiration for Laura Lappi’s exhibition are the grandeur of ancient basilicas, cathedrals, and medieval Scandinavian wooden structures. The sculptures comprise abstracted segments of various architectural structures, reminding of the sculptural properties of some of the world’s most renowned works of architecture. Through the series of sculptures Lappi addresses the topics of what these buildings and structures represent in our communities, since they are usually seen as the most expressive, the most permanent and the most influential and shape the way we live and think.

The wall reliefs are based on historic blueprints and built up with layers of recycled wood in repeating geometric shapes. To preserve the wood from decay and to unify the structure in a natural way, Lappi is charring it with fire. In her sculptures, Lappi combines different types of wood such as pine, oak, walnut, and maple, which all char in different ways. Treating traditional materials in a natural way is essential in her works.

Laura Lappi has studied at the AKI Academy of Art and Design in The Netherlands. Currently she lives and works in New York. Lappi’s work has been exhibited  internationally, including solo exhibitions at Lorimoto gallery in New York and The Yard project space in Colorado. Her site-specific installation 7×7 (Hope) was installed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York and commissioned by Art In The Parks NYC.

The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. The artist’s working has been supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse.

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Events during the exhibition

Saturday, June 10, 1.30-3.30 pm: Helsinki Art Walk. A guided tour in English starts from Photographic Gallery Hippolyte at 1.30 pm, and then visits tm•galleria, Galleria G and Galleria Sculptor, where it arrives at around 3 pm. Free entry!

In June, Galleria Sculptor participates in the Art Fair Suomi Goes Galleries festival, which invites audiences across Finland to explore art in galleries. The festival is organized in 27 galleries in 12 locations between June 6-18, 2023.

Installation view to Laura Lappi's exhibition Palace Basilica, 2023. Photo by Aukusti Heinonen.
Laura Lappi, Basilica VIII and Basilica VII, 2023. Charred pine, walnut, oak, ash, maple and poplar, plywood. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen.
An installation view to Laura Lappi's exhibition Palace Basilica, 2023. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen

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