The venue. Photo: Kai Widell.
British sculptor Antony Gormley (b. 1950) was the artist to conceive the first IHME Project by the Pro Arte Foundation Finland. Gormley created a work in the Kaisaniemi sports field in Helsinki, bringing together clay and Helsinki locals in a specially erected pneumatic building.
The Clay and the Collective Body project started with a clay cube the size of a small house (4 x 4 x 4 m) and weighing 100,000 kilograms, housed in a well-lit, humidified pneumatic building. In the first phase of the project (from 22 to 24 March), the public was allowed to view the constructed cube. In the second phase (from 25 March to 3 April), the public had an opportunity to work on and with the clay and to use it to make objects of any kind, big or small, alone or with others.
The work took place in four-hour sessions, with a maximum of about 2,000 participants. Services were provided on site to ensure uninterrupted work on the project.Here is the artist´s invitation:
"Antony Gormley invites you to participate in the making of a new artwork, Clay and the Collective Body. Come alone, with a friend or family member - anyone between the ages of 8 to 100 is welcome! You are asked to commit at least four continuous hours of your time to transforming a huge four-meter-tall cube of clay using your body as the only tool. The cube awaits you in a warm and humid space."
The public had the possibility to view the final result of the project from 4 to 7 April 2009.
YLE Teema was the partner of IHME Project. IHME Project was supported by Kone Foundation and British Council.