Trees – Portraits of trees in the old psychiatric hospital park

Trees, photo: Henrietta Lehtonen.

Photo: Ville-Veikko Heinonen.

Original title: Puut
Genre: Expanded installation
Videos: 14 unsynchronised loops á 5–10 mins / 4K / colour
Sound: 2 unsynchronised stereo loops á 15 mins
Script, Director, Installation Design: Henrietta Lehtonen
DOP, Editing, Colour Grading: Ville-Veikko Heinonen / Alasin Media
Sound Design: Pinja Mustajoki / Magia Music & Media
Technical Installation Design: Henrietta Lehtonen, Jorma Saarikko, Magnus Stenberg / Pro Av Saarikko
Monitor Frames: Aluroster
Installing: Magnus Stenberg & Markus Vipuveräjä / Pro Av Saarikko
Script: AVEK / Milla Moilanen
Development: AVEK / Milla Moilanen
Production: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Pirkanmaa Regional Fund, Arts Promotion Centre, Raimo Anttila Art Council.
In Collaboration with: The Wellbeing Services County of Pirkanmaa
Thank you: Hanna-Mari Alanen, Mari Helminen, Hannu Hunnakko, Sirpa Joenniemi, Minna Kylmäniemi, Jarmo Ryösä, Janiika Salo, Osmo Setälä, Jaakko Sivonen, Tarja Tammentie-Sarén, Jaana Varjolahti, Anne Virta.
Filmed in Pitkäniemi, Nokia: 2020–2022
Premiere: Tampere University Hospital 01/2024
Producer: Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo /
Poike Productio

The multi-channel moving image installation was filmed between 2020 and 2022 in the park of the old psychiatric hospital in Pitkäniemi, Nokia, Finland. These trees and the environment played an important role in the hospital activities for 125 years. Trees were planted in memory of people and they provided beauty and shelter for therapy work.

The Trees installation documents lindens, maples, birches and apple trees, portraying the wisdom and personality of the aged plants. It transfers the atmosphere of the old, remoted hospital park to the brand new building in the Tampere University Hospital’s main campus. The new psychiatric hospital building is designed by ARCO Architecture Company.

With its 14 video channels and 4 audio channels Trees one of the biggest public space media art installations in Finland.

Trees – Portraits of trees in the old psychiatric hospital park.

Apple blooms on Trees – Portraits of trees in the old psychiatric hospital park.

A multi-channel installation by Henrietta Lehtonen, photos: Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo.