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URBAN LAND ART - a concept for a park in Finland

Land Art in the urban environment

URBAN LAND ART - a concept sketches for a land fill
Idea sketches - a concept for a park as an urban land art project in Kajaani, Finland.

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The municipality of Kajaani, in the center of Finland, was excavating and enlarging a hydroelectric tunnel in 1994 and 1995. The debris was being deposited on the south side of the river in the center of the city - the location of the Suvanto park, Suvantopuisto. During the preparation for my retrospective exhibition in the Kajaani Museum of Fine Art, the city asked me to make a concept for an extension of the park which already existed along this shore of the river.

Instead of adhering to the conventional way these things happen, i.e. simply moving the shoreline outward with the rockfill, I decided to make the action explicit - keeping the original shoreline intact and create a distinct area in the river. Whereas the result of the traditional method would - as time goes by - appear to always have been there and hide any change in the character of the urban landscape, I to the contrary wanted to make and keep the change perceivable. Another reason for my choice was the fact that there is actually no clear-cut demarcation between nature and where a town or city in Finland begins. A natural looking park along the river in Kajaani is really not much more than an artificial piece of nature. I decided to make a truly urban park, based on constructivist geometry, "the essential condition for any architectonic form" as architect Díaz Morales said about Luis Barragán's architecture. Kajaani deserved an urban park instead of another human made weak version of real nature which with its majestic presence is only a fifteen minute walk away. No surrogate brook or rock formation needed to be copied here. >>

 


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