Portfolio of Margus Tamm

KP / House of the 27 Rising Suns

Work for Köler Contemporary Art Prize (KP) competition.
Köler Prize is the Estonian version of Turner Prize. Nominees submit two works of their own choosing: one new and one that has been exhibited previously. For my exposition I decided to present works of other authors, from outside or in margins of artworld.


House of 27 Rising Suns installation presents one exhibit from former Estonian Firefighting Museum: the maquette of an apartment building, connected to 27 switches, each starting fire somewhere in the house. Museum had been closed for a times ago and I only remembered the exposition from my childhood. Luckily it was possible to trace and locate the original maquette and retrieve some information about its author – a highly decorated firefighter named Teedo Melts, author of a handbook Suppressing the Flames, who used his own home as a model for his maquettes – findings which I then displayed at Köler Prize exhibition.

Köler Prize exhibition
Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia