The Art Competition for the Millennium Technology Prize object is on!

The invited art competition seeks to find exceptional and feasible proposals for artworks to be used as the Millennium Technology Prize object from 2020 onwards. 

The competition for the Millennium Technology Prize object is organized by Technology Academy Finland TAF in collaboration with Aalto University, the strategic partner of TAF. Participation in the competition was by invitation only and the invited artists were

  • Merja Puustinen & Andy Best
  • Pekka Jylhä
  • Kirsti Taiviola

The competition is open from 15 August to 14 November 2019, and the winner will be announced by 5 December 2019.

Eeva Sievi, TAF’s COO, why is TAF arranging an art competition for the Millennium Technology Prize?

“In addition to the one-million-euro Prize donated by the government of Finland, the Millennium Technology Prize Winner is awarded a piece of art. The impressive Prize object in 2004-2018 was designed by the sculptor Helena Hietanen. The Board of Technology Academy Finland decided that the Prize object of the next decade will be selected on the basis of a competition.”

How was the selection of the artists done (invitation)?

“The art competition is organized by TAF in collaboration with Aalto University, The artists invited to participate were selected by a dedicated working group composed of

  • Ossi Naukkarinen, Vice President, Aalto University, Chair of the working group
  • Marja Makarow, Chair of Technology Academy Finland TAF
  • Outi Turpeinen, Art Coordinator, Aalto University
  • Anna Valtonen, Vice President, Aalto University

When identifying the artists, special emphasis was put on their different artistic profiles, interest in technology and technology-related research and high-quality art work. The working group will also select the winner of the art competition.”

Why is there a physical object for the Prize?

“The Prize object is a unique piece of Finnish art – it reflects the values of the Millennium Technology Prize and symbolizes Finland’s tribute to innovations that promote the well-being of mankind and society. The international Prize indicates the crucial role technology and science play in solving our global grand challenges.”

When and where can we see the Prize object?
“The winner of the art competition will be announced by 5 December 2019. More information as well as the pictures and the description of the art work will be published on TAF’s website. The Prize will be presented to the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize Winner at the Award Ceremony on 26 May 2020.”


More information about the art competition:
Eeva Sievi, COO

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