New tree "Silver Arch" by Edgar Tedresaar

Two more trees are decorating renovated buildings in Lighthouse City Tartu

27 Aug 2019

Another two impressive murals were completed at the beginning of August as part of SmartEnCity project. So far, seven public art works have been created in Tartu within the framework of the project.

Both tree paintings are located on Tiigi Street, with the artist of the first (Tiigi 23) being Marja-Liisa Plats, renowned illustrator of children’s books. This piece of art was inspired by a 1924 watercolour painting of the well-known Estonian abstract artist Ado Vabbe showing a street scene in Paris. Thus, according to the artist, Tartu’s new tree brings “a sliver of Paris into the heart of Tartu”. 

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

The second tree painting (Tiigi 8) differs significantly from the first and is called Betula Pendula, which is the Latin name for the silver birch. The aim of Tartu’s artist Edgar Tedresaar was to break the square format by painting the work on and across the corner of the building. And according to him, the feedback of residents and passengers was incredibly positive. “It turns out that natural patterns are the most universal visual language, which attracts all age groups, nationalities and people with all kind of education,” stated the artist. As Mr Tedresaar is a mural artist himself, he was able to paint his design on the building of Tiigi 8 himself.  

Each apartment association joining SmartEnCity project will decorate the respective building or its surrounding area with a piece of art, with a total of 17 buildings being renovated and painted with the support of the project.  

With the implementation of the SmartEnCity project, an energy efficient city district with 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 demonstrate innovative solutions in district heating, street lighting and the use of renewable energy, whilst 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 2016 and will end in July 2021. 

Mural at Tiigi 23 Tartu by Marja-Liisa Plat.

Picture source: Lighthouse City Tartu