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Jorma Hautala, Kari Huhtamo and Matti Peltokangas
from right to left - Kari Huhtamo, Jorma Hautala and Lucien den Arend at Hvittr äsk
In the summer of 1997 the exhibition of Finnish art was organized in the Open Air Museum Drecht Banks Sculpture Park (OPAM) by Lucien den Arend. His attempts to realize this exhibition - in fact - lead to his founding of the sculpture park itself. Later that summer three of the Finnish artists who had participated in the exhibition, Jorma Hautala, Kari Huhtamo, and Matti Peltokangas, met Lucien den Arend in Helsinki and together they visited Hvittr äsk.
The complex is located about 30 kilometers from Helsinki in Kirkkonummi, Finland. It was designed to be a studio home for the members of Gesellius, Lindgren, and Saarinen - a modern Finnish archtecture firm. It later became the private residence of Eliel Saarinen. The design was developed and construction began during the year of 1902. The house was named after Lake Vittr äsk, where it was built. The word Hvittr äsk is Swedish for white marsh.