Hannes Aleksi was invited to speak about forestry, the environment, the acute wood building crisis and the use of massive wood in Finland at the “Our Forests” event (Meidän Metsämme) in Helsinki Senate Square on 27.10.18.

“Our Forest”-event summary of the speech:

“Hannes Aleksi is speaking of nature and natural resources as a priceless treasure that we have a duty to preserve for the future generations. He feels sad about the way our unique and incredible Northern nature is being treated. The forests are being ripped out, milled and ground to make toilet paper, which is then shipped to the other side of the globe. Minerals are extracted, even at a loss. Hannes aleksi asks who really wants this? Are parliament and the media working for the benefit of big business or the citizen?”

“When we understand that no-one is protected, nothing is enough and everything is taken, and that we will be left with a concrete desert in the end, we will understand that we now have to defend our forests and lakes. And that we will win this fight, because losing is no longer an option.”



What an opening it was, attended by such a huge, interested audience! A special thanks goes to the landowners for enabling us to use these perfect locations – thank you to the Sibelius family and the Lapinjärvi Council! 

Konkelo challenges the “Finnish forest people” and forestry practices
The artwork “Konkelo” consists of trees that have been torn from the ground by a storm. “Konkelo” is transformed from an entangled pile of trees, torn down by a storm, into the twisted log frame of a cottage.
Hannes Aleksi got the idea of the sculpture from his forest and his neighbour’s forest. Log builder Hyvönen abhors clearcuttings and manages his own forest by using continuous cover silviculture.
“I would like to keep my patch of forest standing, but now that the forests around it have been clearcut, my trees also get torn down by the first storm that comes along.
“It seems like our culture as a whole is in an entangled state of konkelo, where the trees are being ripped out by storms: we are sacrificing our environment and health in the pursuit of financial profit,” contemplates the traditional log builder, an endangered species himself, at the Lapinjärvi exhibition.

Land Art Lapinjärvi
Land Art Lapinjärvi invited a group of Spanish (Cova) and Finnish artists to an environmental art workshop in Lapinjärvi 21-28.7.2018. The exposition breathes with the seasons and will serve as the basis of a new gallery of environmental art.
Location: Lapinjärvi village. Opening date: 28.7. From then on, the exposition will breathe with time.

Additional information: https://www.facebook.com/landartlapinjarvi/