Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vol 3 / nr 83 / Niš, Serbia



At one Sunday evening I received email from Lazar who found the print when he was on his excursion in high school - many years ago: It's been literally years since I've found the print. [...] Counting the years, that makes it 4 or 5 years ago! Being a teenager, I completely forgot about it and I've seen the envelope today. I thought I was probably way too late but the web-site is still active, to my surprise.

The print's been with me this long, so I'm leaving it with me. Only this time, I'm leaving it on my desk instead of hidden in the depths of my bookshelf.

It's an interesting project. I'm not much of a traveler myself though, but I'm always fascinated to hear about different cultures.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vol 7 / nr 63 / Helsinki, Finland

Heidi löysi kirjeen jo ennen joulua: Olimme mieheni kanssa Kauppatorin kauppahallissa lauantailounaalla, jolloin silmäni osuivat kirjeeseen. Vähän epäröiden tartuin kirjeeseen ja avasin sen. Teos "an evening tea" oli kuin minulle henkilökohtaisesti tehty. Iltatee kuuluu jokailtaiseen rauhoittumiseeni ja siksi halusin kehystää teoksesi keittiömme seinälle Katajanokan kotiimme. Siellä se siis ihastuttaa meitä päivittäin.


Heidi found the envelope already before the Christmas: My husband and I were at The Old Market Hall on a Saturday lunch, when I noticed the envelope. I hesitated to take the letter, but I took it and opened it. The print 'An evening tea' was like personally made for me. An evening tea is my way of unwinding every evening, and that is why I wanted to frame your work on our kitchen wall in our Katajanokka home. There it continues to delight us every day.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Vol 7 / nr 53 / Vicenza, Italy

Fabio on italialainen, mutta asuu tällä hetkellä Suomessa. Hän löysi kirjeen Oulun rautatieasemalta ja vei sen kotiinsa Vicenzaan, Italiaan.

Fabio is an Italian, currently living in Finland and he found the print at the train station in Oulu and took it to his home in Vicenza, Italy.

"I opened the letter for curiosity and kept it because I fell in love with the project. To me Art is something that has to suggest and fascinate, a way to introduce to ourselves a new stream of thoughts, and I think that this project is amazing. I came back home for the holidays, with the letter and the print inside my luggage, so that now your art is in my Home's kitchen for everyone to see."

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Vol 7 / nr 62 / Göteborg, Sweden

Johan writes: We were visiting a small art exhibition in Helsinki and while looking for a painting to buy when we found a letter marked "To you, whoever you are". Now we have two paintings hanging on our wall; also the one called "Message in a bottle II".

Oh, thank you ever so much, Johan!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Vol 7 / nr 3 / Raahe, Finland



Riina löysi vedoksen Raahen Prisman ilmoitustaululta! Se on meillä nyt kotona kehyksissä vitriinissä. Ihana projekti,  kesti hetken ennen kuin uskalsi kirjeen avata ja sieltä paljastui ihana ylläri!

Riina found the print on the bulletin board at supermarket Prisma in Raahe, Finland. It is now at our home, framed in a vitrine. A wonderful project, it took a while before I had to courage to open the letter, and a wonderful surprise was exposed!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Vol 7 / nr 86 / Kuopio, Finland

Nora kertoo löytäneensä kirjeen Jyväskylän taidemuseosta museokaupassa olevan vihkon alta: Kiertelin kaupassa ja kävelin kirjeen ohi useamman kerran ennen kuin uskalsin ottaa sen mukaan. Kylläpäs oli ihana, päivää piristävä yllätys kirjeessä. Aivan mahtava projekti! Aion kehystää printin ja ripustaa seinälle huoneeseeni. Tummansini-harmaa onkin lempivärini ja rakastan teetä.

Nora tells that she found the envelope under one notebook at the Jyväskylä Art Museum Shop: I was touring around in the shop and I walked pass the envelope several times before I had the courage to pick it up. It was a wonderful, day cheering surprise. What a great project! I will frame the print and place it in my wall in my room. Grayish dark blue is my favourite colour and I love tea!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Vol 7 / nr 60 / Helsinki, Finland

Kenneth found the print, a couple of weeks ago in Akateeminen Kirjakauppa, where I was looking for a book "How to hygge": The Blue cup of tea, as pictured in the print, fits perfect to this time of year, and the concept of Hygge. The print is now in his office...where we host a small art exhibit parallell to our Business of being Real Estate Agents.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Vol 7 / nr 49 / Helsinki, Finland

Heikki löysi kirjeen Akateemisesta kirjakaupasta: Oli mukava saada viesti ja viehättävä vedos aiemmin tuntemattomalta taiteilijalta. Pidän vedoksen itse, luultavasti kehystytän ja laitan seinälle. "An evenig tea" tuntuu mukavalta ajatukselta, vaikka olen kyllä kahvi-ihminen.

Heikki found the envelope at the Academic Book Store in Helsinki: It was nice to receive the letter and charming print from an artist previously unknown. I will keep the print myself, probably I'll frame it and put on the wall. I find 'An evening tea'  a pleasant thought, although I'm a coffee drinker myself.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Vol 7 / nr 45 / Helsinki, Finland

Marko kertoo, että hänen kuusivuotias Nea-tyttönsä löysi kirjeen Kämp-gallerian istuimen selkänojalta: Vedos on laitettu raameihin ja on saanut paikan lastenhuoneen seinältä.

Marko tells that his six-year old daughter Nea found the envelope in Helsinki Kämp gallery shopping centre, on the back rest of the couch: The print has been since framed and found it's place at the wall of the childrens' room.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Vol 7 / nr 37 / Helsinki, Finland

Noora löysi vedoksen Plankko Popup -kaupasta.

Etsivä löysi! Vihdoinkin! #randomprintsproject @paivi.hintsanen #plankkopopup

Kuva, jonka Noora Inari (@norainari) julkaisi


Vol 7 / nr 41 / Helsinki, Finland

Minttu kertoo:  
Ajelin lauantaina 26.11. 3-ratikalla ja huomasin vaunun perällä kirjekuoren, mikä oli osoitettu "Sinulle, kuka ikinä oletkaan". Ihmettelin sitä hetken ja mietin, että kehtaakohan sen ottaa siitä, onkohan tämä joku piilokamera tai voikohan siellä olla jotain sariinia :) Nappasin kuoren kuitenkin matkaani, en avannut sitä heti vaan vaihdoin vielä junaan missä avasin kuoren.

No, siellä ei ollut sariinia eikä muutakaan epäilyttävää, vaan aivan mieletön yllätys! Juuri mikään ei olisi voinut paremmin ilahduttaa lauantaipäivääni.

[...] Itselläni meinaan sen pitää ja löytää sille arvoisensa paikan kodistani.


Minttu shares her story and tells that she was in a tram 3 in Helsinki when she found a envelope at the back of the tram. She wondered about it for a while, thinking if she would take it or not, and if this was a candid camera or maybe it could contain sarin. She, however took the envelope with her, but didn't open it rightaway, but changed to a train, where she opened the envelope.

Well, there wasn't sarin or anything else suspicious, but a mindblowing surprise! There could not have been just about anything to make my Saturday better. [...] I mean to keep it myself and find it a good place at my home.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Vol 7 / nrs 48 & 57 / Helsinki, Finland

Nr 57

Jojo löysi vedoksen Akateemisesta kirjakaupasta.

Jojo found the print at the Academic Book Store.


Nr 48

Janne löysi kirjeen taidekaupan paperilehtiön välistä. Aluksi tuli tunne, että kirjettä ei saa varmaankaan avata, mutta sitten rohkaistuin ja tulin hyvin iloiseksi. Kiitos tästä tunteesta! 

Janne found the envelope in a art store. First he thought that the envelope must not be opened, but then he decided to open it anyway and it made him very happy: Thank you for this feeling!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Talvi, Suomi, Random Prints vol. 7 / Winter, Finland, Random Prints vol. 7



An Evening Tea.

Toteutan seitsemännen Random Prints -projektini Suomessa. Jaan 90 vedosta Helsinkiin, Raaheen, Ouluun ja Jyväskylään - ja ehkä johonkin näiden paikkojen välille - marras- ja joulukuun aikana 2016. Suuret kiitokseni Niilo Helanderin säätiölle projektini tukemisesta.

My seventh Random Prints project is taking place in Finland. In November and December 2016 I will leave 90 prints to be found in Helsinki, in Raahe and Oulu, and in Jyväskylä - and maybe somewhere in between these places. My biggest thanks goes to Niilo Helander Foundation for funding my project.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Vol 5 / nr 81 / London, UK

Joshua's email arrived at a afternoon, when I had just been thinking about my trip to Italy a year ago.

Joshua wrote that he and his family found my print, "Arriving", during a day-trip to Florence, where their own arrival had been fraught with anxiety. We'd fallen victim to the dreaded ZTL [La Zona a Traffico Limitato, limited traffic zone with heavy fines if you drive a car in these limited areas). We'd never heard of it until we arrived. No-one thought to warn us, and we didn't think to check. The prospect of several hundred euros in fines, far exceeding our fragile finances, placed an enormous amount of stress on our young family.

Your artwork was a healing tonic. It thoroughly redeemed the day for us. It helped us find a new perspective, and gave us a tangible sense of peace. It acted as an incredibly timely reminder of an all-important truth; there a things in life far more precious than money.

Unfortunately, we misplaced it upon our return home. In an effort to keep it safe, we squirrelled it away, and managed to lose track of where it was kept. I have just rediscovered it, thirteen months later, and am now reliving many of the original emotions it evoked.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Vol 5 / nr 84 / Delhi, India

Dania was studying in Florence, Italy in 2015 and tells: I found this envelope walking with my friends on the square outside Duomo. At first when I picked it up my friends asked me not to open it, but I went ahead after reading 'To you whoever you are'. [...] I am an interior designer and was planning to do a postcard wall in my house. I have collected postcards from all around the world and I am going to put up your print right in the centre of my collection.

Dania also writes P.s: Finding this envelope made me believe in magic even more.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Random Prints Special Edition 2016



Random Prints -projektin erityisversio toteutetaan heinäkuussa 2016 Porissa. Vedoksia voi etsiä tällä kertaa koordinaateilla.

Random Prints Special Edition will be happening in July 2016 in Pori, Finland. This time you can search the prints by using coordinates!

Lue lisää / Read more





#randomprints2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Vol 5 / nr 11 / Torino, Italy

Giulua found the print in Florence, walking through the city center in a sunny day: I've been changing a lot of things in my life since that day. The title of the print was "arriving": I waited to write to you because I wanted to identify myself with that word - I now arrived to a new reality, new people, new feelings, and it means I'm ready to leave for somewhere else.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Vol 5 / nr 6 / Florence, Italy

Eduarda found the print in Florence: I love the theme and the title - Arriving. It meant a lot to me when I found it. It is now on my bedroom wall where I can see it every day.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Vol 5 / nr 32 / Florence, Italy

Nicola found the print many months ago but forgot about it... Finding the letter again was like another first time! I am a waiter at Mercato Centrale in Florence and I took the envelope seconds after u dropped it, I think I saw you walking away!
- Almost meeting someone in person - givest me the most strangest feeling :)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Vol 5 / nr 47 / Florence, Italy

Francesca found the print and has decided to keep it!

It's a good project... It's a good idea!!!!! We say "in bocca al lupo"! "buona fortuna"

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vol 1 / nr 67 / Edinburgh, Scotland

Yvonne wrote that her parents found a print from the first ever Random Prints project, A Tree Deserted (no.67/90), in Florence in 2010 and gave it to Yvonne as a gift on their return. Yvonne writes: I forgot all about it until I found it today. I am going to have it framed.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vol 5 / nr 79 / Dundee, Scotland

Emma found the envelope passing a McDonald's in Florence: We have kept the picture and it is now home with us in the UK!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Vol 5 / nr 76 / Florence, Italy

Nila wrote, that the print was like a gift from heaven: È stato come ricevere un regalo inaspettato, un dono dal cielo, mi ha molto commosso e fatto sentire speciale.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Vol 5 / nr 46 / Coochiemudlo Island; Queensland, Australia

Ali found the print in a gelato shop in Florence: ... and [I] have brought it back to his family in Australia: I think this project is fantastic and love how it connects people from all around the world.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vol 5 / nr 86 / London, UK

Heidi wrote: We found your beautiful print on the first day of our holiday in Florence. It is now back home with us in London. What a great project - thank you!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vol 5 / nr 70 / Bournemouth, UK

Alan was thrilled to find the envelope - and it's not the first time he has found art on the street! As it happens, this is the second time I've found free art on the street. I also found some in Dublin back by an illustrator back in February!

Vol 5 / nr 69 / Bornheim, Germany

Simone found the envelope out of a bunch of magazines in Florence at a record store while waiting for service: Just the imagination of they way the print traveled and who might have considered to take it but put it back so it was waiting for me to take it home thrilled me and I will certainly keep it for myself.

Vol 5 / nr 45 / Firenze, Italy


Jacopo found the envelope at the Paperback Exchange bookshop in Florence. He tells:
Now I may keep it for myself, or i may send it to my Icelandic friend Hlin.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Vol 5 / nr 51 / Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

When Troy found the print, he was thrilled. He was traveling through Italy during his holiday. The invitation to pick up the envelope was irresistible. I knew if I didn't I would be missing out on something special.

The print itself is lovely. It spoke to me vividly. I am the director of an organization called Equality Utah. We are the state's political advocacy group for the LGBTQ community. The image of two people, seemingly adrift, but reaching out to each other resonated with our work.

Here in Utah, the LGBTQ community has historically been at odds with the larger Mormon population. But in recent years many people have been reaching out, extending hands of friendship, and helping each other overcome our divisions.

Your piece reminds me of the need we all have to reach out and help each other along our journey. None of us can make it on our own.

Vol 5 / nr 12 / Chicago, USA

David found the print while he walking with his girlfriend in Florence Italy. She was a little apprehensive about picking it up but I convinced her it was OK and we grabbed your envelope. The print is beautiful and we will keep it as a great memory of our experience in Italy.