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Tartu has been enriched by two paintings of trees

Tartu City Government Press Release

Tiigi 8 and Tiigi 23 Photo: Silver Siilak

16 August / The last two wall paintings in the SmartEnCity project, which both depict trees, were completed at the beginning of August. Seven public works of art have been created thus far in Tartu within the framework of the project.

Both tree paintings are located on Tiigi Street, with the author of the first (Tiigi 23) being Marja-Liisa Plats, renowned artist and illustrator of children’s books. The work of art at Tiigi 23 received inspiration from the 1924 watercolour Street Scene. Paris. by well-known Estonian abstract artist Ado Vabbe. The tree, which was inspired by the alley of trees depicted in the original work is, according to the artist, a sliver of Paris in the heart of Tartu.

The work, carrying the name of Vabbe Tree, was painted by Tartu artist Evelin Zolotko on the end wall of the building at Tiigi 23.

The second tree painting (Tiigi 8) differs significantly from the first and carries the name Betula Pendula, which is the Latin name for the silver birch. In the words of the author of the work, Tartu artist Edgar Tedresaar, he wanted to break the square format by painting the work on the corner of the building. According to him, feedback from residents and passers-by has been incredibly positive. ‘It turns out that natural patterns are the most universal visual language, which speak to all age groups, nationalities, and people with different levels of education,’ stated the artist.

Each apartment association that joins the SmartEnCity project will be able to decorate their building or the immediate vicinity with a work of art, with a total of 17 buildings being reconstructed with the support of the project.

With the implementation of the SmartEnCity project, an energy efficient city district operating based on smart solutions will be created in the City Centre of Tartu, where the Soviet era apartment buildings will be renovated into near zero energy buildings. The smart city district will also employ innovative solutions in district heating, street lighting, and the use of renewable energy, while smart home solutions will be installed in apartments.

The SmartEnCity project is being funded within the framework of Horisont 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation programme.

The project began in February of 2016 and will last until July of 2021.

Last changed 19.08.2019