The Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi has created a 25-metre woven tapestry, Archipelago, which will bring Finnish biological diversity into the Europa Building hall in Brussels. This imposing artwork was commissioned for Finland’s Presidency, and it underlines the environmental and climate goals of the Presidency. According to Saksi, the tapestry is an abstraction of the four seasons in the Finnish archipelago. The theme reflects biological diversity and reminds us what we are protecting with the climate measures that are at the heart of Finland’s Presidency.
The circular economy is woven deep into the tapestry. One of the threads used to weave Archipelago is made from recycled plastic bottles. Using recycled materials is very apt, as one of the environmental priorities of Finland’s Presidency is to extend circular economy measures to all sectors from plastics to textiles and sustainable design.
Archipelago by Kustaa Saksi is on display in the Europa Building in Brussels until the end of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2020.
Source: EU2019.FI, Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union