To honour the 370th anniversary of Lappeenranta, you can capture an image of yourself in landscape picture frames in Lappeenranta’s Shore Park (Rantapuisto) as well as in the city’s fortress. The backdrop of the frames shows the stunning scenery of Lappeenranta. Kaupunginlahti Bay and the fortress, both close to the harbour, are outlined through the frame located in the Shore Park. The picture can also accommodate friends, because the frame is two meters wide and 1.8 meters high.
Mirka Rahman, who is marketing, tourism and customer service manager for the City of Lappeenranta, encourages both locals and tourists to capture their images in the landscapes of Lappeenranta while it celebrates its anniversary.
‘This way everyone can have a lasting memory of themselves as the faces of Lappeenranta’s anniversary year. I hope that tourists swap more and more of their experiences and, at the same time, share images of Lappeenranta in social media.’
The frames of durable materials designed by arts craftsman Antti Nieminen will remain permanently on-site also after the special year has ended. The public have themselves chosen the landscapes of the image frames in the Facebook vote arranged early this year. A large number of votes were also received by, for example, Rantaraitti, where a landscape picture frame might be installed either next year or at some point in the years to come.
City gardener Hannu Tolonen relates that the frames reflect, in their style and materials, their historical surroundings – the fortress and Rantapuisto Park.
‘They’re made of larch that is gradually turning grey with age as well as corten steel that resembles rusted metal. The frame of the profile resembles an old-fashioned, tiered picture frame. The nature trail information boards to be installed later in the autumn are made of the same material, so the style will continue to be integrated in the future as well,’ Mr Tolonen points out.
More information about Lappeenranta’s services can be found from Tourist Information outlets at the IsoKristiina Mall (Brahenkatu 1, tel. +358 (0)5 667788, firstname.lastname@example.org), and the Sand Castle (Satatatie 11, tel. +358 (0)40 5722224.
City of Lappeenranta communications trainee Hanna Muukkonen immortalised herself in the picture frames of Rantapuisto Park.