PPG completes Colorful Communities project in Vantaa, Finland

23 January 2024

PPG has completed a Colorful Communities® project at Multipurpose Centre Lumo, a cultural and learning centre in Vantaa, Finland. The project brought together 25 volunteers, who transformed Lumo’s lobby area into a colourful and inspiring space.

The project was carried out in collaboration with the City of Vantaa, which owns the centre. Lumo houses a city library and high school, as well as sports and cultural facilities. It serves as an important community meeting place and is located close to PPG’s site in Vantaa. The center attracts more than 500,000 visitors a year.

The central work of the project is “The Charm of the Forest,” a mural designed by local artist Andrea Puscasu. The mural brings Finnish nature to the walls of Lumo and is designed to reflect the diversity of the space and the recreational opportunities it offers. The wall colours were selected by Irina Hanhisalo, PPG Color Category Manager, Architectural Coatings.

The company provided 18 gallons (70 litres) of Tikkurila® paint by PPG for the project. Products included Tikkurila Luja 7 paint, which contains an anti-mould agent that protects the paint film. The product has a low-VOC emission level and is certified by both Nordic Swan Ecolabel and EU Ecolabel.


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“About a week before PPG contacted us, we were sitting in Lumo, thinking about how we could make the lobby more welcoming,” said Riikka Åstrand, deputy mayor of the City of Vantaa. “PPG’s offer came as if made to order. It was not difficult to choose the space to be painted by the volunteers. A warm thank you to PPG for the fast and smoothly executed project – the end result is excellent.”

“The City of Vantaa has always been an important partner for us. We have worked together in many different ways, but this was the first Colorful Communities project we carried out together,” said Meri Vainikka, PPG Vice President, EMEA North & East and China, Architectural Coatings. “At PPG, we know paint, which is why it is natural for us to bring joy and colour to the surrounding communities thought projects like this.”

The Colorful Communities programme, PPG’s signature initiative for supporting communities, aims to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Through the Colorful Communities programme, PPG’s committed volunteers contribute their time and PPG paint products to help transform community assets – from painting classrooms to bringing colour to a maternity ward and redesigning a playground. Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 500 Colorful Communities projects, impacting more than 8.2 million people in 50 countries.

PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to bring colour and brightness to PPG communities around the world. PPG invested US$16.2M in 2022, supporting hundreds of organisations across more than 35 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at communities.ppg.com.

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