Anni Laukka: The Last Play

A shadow sculpture made of children’s soft toys from homes hit by bombs in Ukraine.

The Last Play deals with the distress and suffering of children caused by the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. The work consists of children’s soft toys collected by the Ukrainian charity Malyn Volonter from homes hit by bombs in Malyn, Morozivka, Mykolaiv and Borodyanka in Ukraine. The work is a part of a series of installations which play with the relation between the material of the work, the soft toys, and the shadows which they create. The toys were collected by the Ukrainian charity specifically for this work and others in the same series.

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
GU10 led light.

Approximate dimensions of the work, (width-height-depth):
115 - 120 - 100 cm.

Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar.

Structures, hardware, and other equipment needed from the client:
A stand, 14 cm high, 100 x 120 cm.

Minimum height of the space:
4 m

Minimum square meters of the space:
30 m2

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
No straight sunlight, works best in a quite dark room.

Building time and people required (estimate):
Easy to build, help is only needed to lift the sculpture on place. The placing of the lamp on correct angle and distance from the sculpture is very important.

Artist's presence:
Guidance can be provided for building.

Seen before at:
Lux & Umbra, WAM Turku, 2023


BLAF Best of Light Art in Finland
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