Vapauden Temppeli

(Finnish for ‘Freedom Temple’) proposed a new design for a freedom memorial in Vaasa by appropriating an unrealized proposal from 1918. After the civil war, a special committee suggested the construction of a Freedom Temple but due to financial reasons, a monument was constructed instead. In order to contrast the biased symbolism of the existing monument, we organized a public consultation session (2014) and asked people to respond to a new rendering of the Freedom Temple, which was based on a recently discovered drawing in the archives of the local history museum. One of the many proposals was selected in 2015 and visualized on a billboard in the market square next to the old monument.