Mynä-Mynä-Maa is a community artwork project created in cooperation between Kone Foundation’s Saari Residence for artists and the Mynämäki municipality. Last year, the former residential care home in Mynämäki, scheduled for demolition, attracted more than 10,000 visitors, and now the hugely popular Mynä-Mynä-Maa will be opened once again for the summer of 2023.

Mynä-Mynä-Maa is open from 3 June to 13 August 2023 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 12 noon and 6 p.m. Admission closes half an hour before closing time. 

Mynä-Mynä-Maa is free and open to all. This comprehensive multi-form work of art has been made by more than 250 creators in a building scheduled for demolition and includes installations, murals and sculptures, as well as visual, textile, ceramic and literary art. Made almost exclusively from recycled materials, the entity of 72 works of art takes visitors on a journey in time anand space around the world, from the time of dinosaurs to the year 2100.


Former Lizeliuskoti residential care home
Kuivelantie 10, 23100 Mynämäki, FINLAND


Mynä-Mynä-Maa is open
from 3 June to 13 August 2023 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 12 noon and 6 p.m. 
Admission closes half an hour before closing time.

Mynä-Mynä-Maa is free and open to all.


Mynä-Mynä-Maa is housed in a building that is scheduled for demolition due to indoor air quality problems. A prolonged stay on the premises may cause symptoms. Visitors arrive at their own risk. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


Pia Bartsch, community artist at the Saari Residence.
Saari Residence
+358 40 720 9735


Virtual Mynä-Mynä-Maa

Come discover and adore Mynä-Mynä-Maa filmed with 360 camera technology! By clicking on the points in the floor plan you can get more detailed information about the artists and their works. On top of this, you can read works by word artist Veera Vähämaa, which expand Mynä-Mynä-Maa and its rooms.

You can find virtual Mynä-Mynä-Maa also from here.

Emptiness filled the rooms and hallways of the old people’s home
until one day when the doors were opened and the venetian blinds were lifted.
Suddenly, there was oxygen and light.
Little by little, dreams and visions, wishes and memories began to sprout and grow.
They turned into Mynä-Mynä-Maa.
Not overnight, but gradually; not alone, but together.
Step into Mynä-Mynä-Maa, walk down its hallways and peek into its rooms.
Open yourself up to the big and powerful, the small and important.
Open yourself up to the invisible, to what pours out from within the walls.

Text: From Veera Vähämaa’s work of literary art about Mynä-Mynä-Maa and its rooms.

Mynä-Mynä-Maa has been created by artists from the Saari Residence and local inhabitants who have participated in the residence’s previous community art projects, students from the Mynämäki upper secondary school, the Lauri lower secondary school and the Asema school, as well as the Wirmon Martat Association, the Youth Workshop, the municipality of Mynämäki and other parties interested in the project.

Pia Bartsch, community artist of the Saari Residence, and community artist Meri-Maija Näykki were in charge of the project. 

“Mynä-Mynä-Maa is a place we all need, we just didn’t know it before. There are no rooms in Mynä-Mynä-Maa, only worlds created through the enthusiasm, tenacity, love and perseverance of the people who made it and who dared to believe in their ideas. Sometimes it took pain and tears too, of course. Mynä-Mynä-Maa has carried us through the madness of creation and the limits of mental endurance. By helping each other, we have overcome even the most difficult challenges – that’s why we need Mynä-Mynä-Maa. And that’s why it exists: to show how far we can get when we work together,” Pia Bartsch explains.

“The idea behind community art is that each of us has the right to address issues that affect us through art. These issues are spread across the walls, floors and ceilings of Mynä-Mynä-Maa, creating a piece that could not have been conceived or carried out by one person alone. To me, that is the beauty and essence of community art,” says Meri-Maija Näykki.

Kuva | Photo: Jussi Virkkumaa

Mynä-Mynä-Maa opened in May 2022.

During the opening weekend between 20–22 May 2022, Mynä-Mynä-Maa had 694 visitors. There was also a café serving waffles at the opening, the proceeds of which were donated in full to Ukrainian artists through the Artists at Risk organisation.

Mynä-Mynä-Maa was kept open by volunteers throughout the summer of 2022 and during the school holiday week in October. In total, Mynä-Mynä-Maa had brought in a staggering 10,000 visitors by the end of the year!

Photos: Jussi Virkkumaa

Illustration: Miila Westin

Logo: Maria Geddes