A new edition of the map and guide to urban walking trails in Arabianranta, Toukola and Vanhankaupunki (i.e. “Artova”) is now available!
New stories about buildings and yards, as well as art descriptions, have been included in the latest edition. You can also order walking guides through the Artova association by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can buy the guide (cash payment) from the Arabianranta Library, the Artova office (Kääntöpaikka, Mondays from 10-16) or you can order it to be sent by post by sending an email to email@example.com. The guide costs 6 euros and is available in Finnish.
Arabianranta’s new residential area is also Helsinki’s first art district, and the City of Helsinki has mandated the area’s developers to use 1 to 2 per cent of their construction costs towards art. When strolling the nearby areas of the Arabia135 block, you will come across sculptures, graphic concrete, mosaic and light-art installations, as well as a range of other art that elevates the atmosphere and lifts people’s spirits. You can spot them while strolling freely through the area or by following the charted art trails.
Right next to the block is a park named after one of Finland’s internationally best-known designers, Kaj Franck. The artwork in the park takes you through the history of the Arabia factory. The park was designed by the landscape design firm Gretel Hemgård.
Located a short distance from the block is the Vanhankaupunginlahti bay area, which is part of Helsinki’s largest nature conservation area. With its biodiversity and abundant bird species, Vanhankaupunginlahti is a favourite destination for birdwatchers, but the area has something to offer all nature lovers. The popular islands of Lammassaari and Kuusiluoto, for example, are located nearby and can be reached by duckboards – an adventure in itself!