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Finland: Cars wrecked in Ukraine on display at Lux Light Festival

origin 1Maxim Velčovský – The physical possibility of death in the mind of someone living at the Lux Light Festival in Helsinki ©JULIUS KONTINEN

Every year Helsinki lights up for its LUX Light Festival.

There are more than 30 installations this year, but one in particular is attracting attention.

Several cars destroyed during the fighting in Ukraine are on display, illuminated from within.

The wrecks were salvaged and transported from Ukraine to Finland by Czech designer Maxim Velčovský.

“Everyday life can suddenly collapse”

“There are four cars. Next to each car is a story about that car and its owner,” says Juha Rouhikoski, artistic director of the festival.

“They’re all a little different, they tell the story of how that car was an important part of the owner’s daily life and how it suddenly burned out.”

“For me, those cars are just symbols, and for the artist too. They could as well be bicycles or anything else. They illustrate how everyday life can suddenly fall apart.”

origin 1Maxim Velčovský – The physical possibility of death in the mind of someone living at Lux Light Festival in HelsinkiJULIUS KONTINEN

“In my opinion, this can only evoke one emotion, which is intense sadness,” says a festival-goer. “It’s great that such an inspiring work was brought to this light art festival this time.”

The installation is entitled “The Physical Possibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Who Is Living”. These fragments of war are on display at the Lux light festival in Helsinki until Sunday.