Where can you find some lovely rubbish? What is the sound made by a tiny toy? How many ways to order and arrange things can you come up with? Is order more pleasant than disorder?

The mini TOY JOY miniature art cabinet by visual artist and set designer Heidi Kesti contains a set of nine commissioned works on the theme of recycled art. The artworks are made of plastic toys, small household items, various types of rubbish and melted recycled plastic. The cabinet comes with activity materials for day-care groups that inspire children to make their own recycled art.

mini TOY JOY, the latest miniature art cabinet by the Oulu Art Museum, playfully introduces recycled art to its audience and evokes the joy and beauty hidden in trash and plastic objects.

The mini art cabinet can be reserved free of charge by municipal day care centres in Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu for a period of 2–4 weeks depending on the needs of other day care centres in the municipality. The mini art cabinet weighs approximately 15 kg and is transported from town to town with library items. Please set the cabinet on a desk before opening it. You can also study the mini Toy Joy guide booklet in advance online. Book a mini art cabinet for your day-care centre (in Finnish).

Heidi Kesti

Heidi Kesti (1980–, Ii) is a visual artist and set designer from Oulu. She has worked as a freelance artist, exhibition designer and builder as well as a set and costume designer in several stage productions. She has used recycled plastic and plastic objects as her main material since 2015. Her works are situated between painting, relief and installation.

Hanna-Leena Ruottinen

Regional art researcher