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Toomemägi Revisited: Lifesaver


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Toomemägi Revisited: Lifesaver 17 May 2023, 6.00 pm at Toomemägi

The purpose of the Lifesaver project is to open up genetics, a crucial field of modern science and research, as a symbiosis of art and science.

The discipline has obtained an important position on the international stage, as it is connected to various fields of research and life, such as personalised medicine, archaeology and mental health. In Estonia, awareness of genetics in society has grown thanks to the work of the University of Tartu’s Estonian Biobank, which has obtained genetic samples from 20% of Estonia’s adult population.

As a result of the project, the artist produced a work showcasing various aspects of genetics on Toomemägi Hill.

The artist behind the Lifesaver project is Valdek Laur, who usually works in the field of digital media, jewellery and metalwork, but is drawn to science communication and the visualisation of complex concepts and data.

Lifesaver forms part of the project ‘Toomemägi Revisited’, which brings to life Toomemägi Hill, so central to the city of Tartu, with light, culture and science. The project is part of the main programme of Tartu 2024: European Capital of Culture.

What makes Toomemägi so distinctive has evolved over the centuries. The heart of medieval Tartu and the historic centre of the university have both been located on this hill. Today, Toomemägi is a peaceful park in the centre of the city, and yet very few people end up here.

We are adding a new layer of interpretation to the heritage of this hill and welcome people from Tartu, Estonia and all over Europe to wander around here.

If you want to grab a bite or need a place to stay, see what the Tartu 2024 hospitality network offers in the area:


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  • Partially accessible for people with reduced mobility
  • Family friendly with a toddler


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