Catalogue: Environmental Art Festival 2013, Koli

Environmental Art in Space and Landscape


We live surrounded by many forms of space, Matchbox, room, landscape, planet, 

infinity. Everything takes place in the space. Infinity is the space where experiences, 

dreams, memories and hunches meet. Infinity is the ultimate horizon for events that 

lie behind and beyond all of our actions.

The landscape includes many forms and interpretations depending on the viewer and 

his point of view. Landscape can be a particular scene. it can be based on a defined 

site or location. Landscape can also imply different ways of perceiving our 


Culture defines us through the arts, languages, religions etc. Landscape culture means 

manmade and natural environments, some of which have symbolic meaning and value 

to us.

From the top of Koli expands a cultural landscape, a symbol of our national history, a 

basic model that can be compared with other landscapes. Koli is the ideal example of 

a place that best corresponds to our wishes and expectations concerning landscapes; 

high places, open view, no settlement, plentiful water, old forests. Koli represents an 

environment where our own observations merge into other peoples’ narratives and 

images creating a unique imprint and experience of the landscape. Koli is the reality 

of our imagination.

Environmental art is often placed in wild, non-structured surroundings. The concept 

of environmental art includes an opportunity to place pieces of art in a variety of 

locations; undeveloped and built up, boundary and unrestricted. One of the most 

compelling reasons for environmental art is the experience it gives to the viewer, to 

give the chance to see an art piece or an action of art and experience the fun and 

excitement it brings to the moment.

Koli as a protected national landscape, challenges artists to think about the possibility 

of opening discussion on a variety of issues related to our environment and the human 

relationship with nature. Art has the potential to make visible the almost 

imperceptible details of the diversity of nature. Art has the potential to make visible 

the almost imperceptible details of the diversity of nature. Art can challenge people to 

see the environment in a new way. This includes non-marking, temporary art, and 

how it effects the relationship between the environment and the viewer.

While appreciating the experience of Koli’s nature, we must accept the traces and 

signs legr bu human beings; habitation, human activities, and the movement in the 

landscape which will inevitably effect the environment of Koli. In this process, the art 

will take its place as an equal debater in the development of the region’s future, as 

environmental art and art in general has the ability to open perspectives that differ 

from the techmo-economic world view of the mainstream.

In Espoo 29th of June 2013

Markku Hakuri