Tapio Haapala

Born 1965 in Vantaalla, Finland. Lives and works in Kumo, Finland.



Height 520 cm. steel, waterhose, cable ties, aluminium

The idea behind W! came from news reports on global warming. The next crisis that we are facing is the battle for water. The brush is made of water hoses and illustrates the need for irrigation in areas that are still fertile, but which will suffer from drought and desertification in the near future.

Artist Statement

I live and work in the countryside, in peace with my own thoughts. My inspiration comes from colors and materials, and it grows organically during my working process, as one work leads to another. My works evolve from my own life as a man. I am fascinated by new techniques and at the same time I marvel, as subconsciousness and occurrence of particular events sweeps me away. I develop, plan and innovate. Incompleteness and the space in between are more intriguing than a finished result.

I use common materials available in hardware stores. Wandering around large hardware stores is one of my favorite hobbies. As an artist I pay attention to materials that interest me, especially in terms of physical qualities like color and flexibility.

In my works, hoses represent the possibility of flow and flux, essential matters of life itself. I also like the color of the hoses. Cable ties are practical for attaching hoses together and they give a nice visual effect. At the same time, they remind me of tight control.