In Finland, energy company Gasum Oy latest gas filling station adds contemporary art as a new dimension to the filling station environment. The new Kivistö gas filling station in Vantaa, which opened on September 1, 2022, was visually designed in cooperation with LAB University of Applied Sciences and visual artist Katja Tsykarev.
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The Kivistö station is Gasum’s fifth gas-filling station in Vantaa and is located at a busy traffic hub. The new station will allow more and more logistics companies serving the Finnish trade to switch to using gas.
It’s great to open a completely unique gas-filling station in Kivistö and in such a prime location. We have worked closely with the City of Vantaa and LAB University of Applied Sciences, said Olli Paasio, Head of Industry and Traffic Business in Finland at Gasum.
It offers liquefied and compressed gas (LNG and CNG) for the needs of heavy- and light-duty transport vehicles and passenger cars as well as a unique contemporary art experience for gas drivers.
The unique visual image created by Katja Tsykarev for our gas-filling station gives those using it an art experience when refueling. I believe this artistic station and its convenient location will generate particular interest. We make it increasingly easier for our customers to switch to cleaner logistics by ensuring the convenient location of stations, Olli Paasio said.
The EU’s Connecting Europe Facility supported the construction of the LNG filling station in Vantaa, Kivistö.
It has been interesting to be allowed to create such a superb art project. My work was chosen from a number of works created in a separate LAB education program. It felt great to be able to create a completely unique artwork for such large elements at the gas-filling station, Katja Tsykarev, who graduated as a visual artist from LAB University of Applied Sciences during the project.
According to Gasum, the use of gas in road transportation is a cost-effective solution for heavy-duty vehicles, and it allows transport companies to reduce their emissions already today.
Logistics and transport companies play a key role in cutting road traffic emissions in Finland. They operate long distances and consume a significant amount of energy compared to smaller vehicle segments.
Biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG) accounts for more than 95 percent of the vehicle-grade gas fuel sold by Gasum to all natural gas vehicle (NGV) segments.
The lifecycle emissions of biomethane are as much as 90 percent less than traditional fossil fuels, the company says.
My work was inspired by the heavy-duty road traffic refueling at Gasum’s filling station. My work was based on the elevation differences in topographical maps, as well as the light form of gas, its diversity, and eco-friendliness explained Katja Tsykarev.