Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, art patrons and owners of the Zabludowicz collection, London are creating an art and sculpture park on the the 11-sq.mile island of Sarvisalo in Finland. Inspired by Tadao Ando’s contemporary art museums on the Japanese island of Naoshima, works from their contemporary collection will be exhibited in art barns, galleries and residential buildings. In 2010 the collection initiated an artistic residency aimed at supporting artists at key moments in their careers. The residency is by invitation only and group visits to the island can be arranged.
Commissioned works in the landscape are currently in development by Ed Atkins, Michael Dean, James Ireland, Josh Tonsfeldt, Rachael Champion, Stella Hamberg, Jeppe Hein, Matthew Day Jackson, Richard Woods and Toby Ziegler for installation in 2012.
Anita is from Newcastle and Poju Zabludowicz, owns the Liechtenstein-registered Tamares investment group, with global intersts in munitions, casinos and shopping malls including 40% of central Las Vegas. According to the 2009 Sunday Times Rich List 2009 he is the 18th wealthiest person in the UK, with a fortune of c.£1,500 million.
Images: Proposals for Sarvisalo by Toby Ziegler (Top) and James Ireland. courtesy of Zabludowicz Collection