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Tranquil 'nature tent' allows passengers to escape from airport stress

As visitors step into the tranquil 'design tent' - a new art installation in Helsinki - they hear snow crunching under foot, waves lapping at the shore and birds singing.

As visitors step into the tranquil 'design tent' - a new art installation in Helsinki - they hear snow crunching under foot, waves lapping at the shore and birds singing.

Through a window, they can enjoy a stunning sunset, while outside, they can sit on a park bench or at white timber tables, and let their troubles float away.

It is a world away from the stresses and strains of air travel - yet this unique installation is right in the middle of Helsinki Airport.

Finavia has opened its latest exhibition of images of Finnish design products in the Design Gallery of the airport.

It is also a "design camp" where passengers can rest, enjoy and spend time before departure.

Helsinki Airport Design Camp continues Finavia’s Art Port gallery concept, where passengers get the chance to enjoy Finnish art, design, expertise and creative thinking.

The exhibitions are also interactive and provide passengers an opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of travelling.

Airport director, Ville Haapasaari, said: "This exhibition, like the others, gives passengers a change to participate. They listen, see and write."


According to Haapasaari, the positive feedback from the first exhibition showed people found the exhibition calming.

Their satisfaction was indicated by the massive number of messages on the wall, whic, itself, has became a wonderful visual work, added Haapasaari.

Anna Forsman from Huippu Concept, who is responsible for planning the exhibitions, believes the Airport Design Camp was "very different" from a traditional art gallery.

She said: "After the first design exhibition I wanted to find an exhibition that would fit in the airport environment even better.

"This exhibition does not include the typical presentation of design products.

"Instead it concentrates on delivering feelings and experiences through design, but without forgetting the Finnish sense of humour."

As passengers first step into the white tent, they are greeted with a design forest. The images of numerous design products have been printed on the fabric.

In the tent, visitors can hear sounds of Finnish nature.

Passengers can write their own thoughts on a piece of paper on the forest wall. This way the trees of the forest get leaves and life as time passes.

Located at gate 11, the Design Gallery is open to all passengers. The facility is open 24/7 and entry is free.
 

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