Vilma Vantola: Clairvoyant

A glimpse of the Earth in miniature size.

Clairvoyant – the one that sees clearly. It is said that you can see the future from the crystal ball. However, sometimes the future and reality do not appear clear, but seem to be covered by a veil of secrets. The work invites the viewer to look at a world that corresponds to reality without distractions: the cycle of oxygen and carbon dioxide on Earth is presented in a miniature size. The work aims to illustrate to the viewer the requirements of our bare existence and its scale in relation to the surrounding reality, our earth. Light in darkness is the beautiful beginning and the frightening end of everything. 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
The artwork consists of one cande in a lantern, living plants in a wooden container, an aquarium pump and an acrylic dome on a table with a velvet tablecloth.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
100cm x 150cm x 100cm

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.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
If the artwork is presented in an open gallery space, it will need black curtains hung around the artwork to exclude any leakage light from the outer gallery space. Preferably in a circle form (diameter 3 meters, curtain length 10 meters in total).

Minimum height of the space:
Regular room height.

Minimum square meters of the space:
3m x 3m (9m2)

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Darkness, either achieved with black curtains hanging from the ceiling around the artwork, or a small room with black walls and floor reserved only for the artwork. Room temperature.

Building time and people required (estimate):
One working day and one person to help (to rig the curtains).

Artist's presence:
Artist or their representative must be present during building.

Seen before at:
Lux In exhibition, as a part of Lux Helsinki, 2019.


BLAF Best of Light Art in Finland
is hosted by
Finnish Light Art Society FLASH

Producer: Annukka Ketola
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