Wonderwater develops projects around the world aimed at raising awareness of global water issues as design for a sustainable future. The Wonderwater programme for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 included water-related events, an exhibition and workshops that illuminate the significance of water’s role in the everyday lives of Finns and people around the world. Wonderwater was curated by Jane Withers and Kari Korkman.
Wonderwater Frozen Lights was a dramatic installation of ice lanterns in Helsinki’s Senate Square to celebrate the Open Doors Weekend of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. The display helped raise awareness of the water footprint. Illuminating the darkest season of the year, Wonderwater invited designers and architects to sculpt lanterns on site. The designer teams included: Artek Studio, Ilkka Suppanen, Team Brita Flander, Sebastian Jansson & MottoWasabi, Architect Group A6 and Team Aalto University. In the spirit of WDC Helsinki 2012 theme of openness and collaboration, the people of Helsinki were invited to participate by designing their own ice lantern and bringing it to the event or by sharing their designs on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wonderwaterevents. A jury awarded prizes to the best Frozen Light design in each class.