When the Pike Sang the Brids Were Still

2016, glazed porcelain live fountain at the Victoria & Albert Museum during London Design Festival 2016.

While being an V&A Finnish Institute in London Ceramics Resident Pauliina Pöllänen presented a site-specific sculpture inspired by Aaro Hellaakoski's poem 'Hauen laulu’ (‘The Pike’s Song’), an iconic Finnish poem from 1928 reflecting the beginning of modernism while drawing on Finnish folklore and epic poetry. The sculpture stood in the live fountain of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries, referencing the heritage of stone fountains and Della Robbia’s neighbouring terracotta roundels, the pioneering architectural ceramic art of that period.