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Symposium Finnish granite spring 2009

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    H-K 62º latitude

    In art centre Saksala ArtRadius a stone symposium in spring 2009 is planned.

    The Finnish landscapes appeals to the imagination especially in spring.
    The landscape is grand with spectacular light in small hours that brings a lot of energy.

    Finnish landscape is famous and Finnish granite is world-famous by sculptors, they like the fine crystal and its easy work.
    For the stone symposium ‘Finnish black granite’ black granite from the stone quarry will be available together with boulders dating back to out of the glacial period. Both materials are typical for the Finnish landscape. The granite forms the landscape and the boulders ‘grow’ in the fields during springtime.

    A characteristic noise in spring is the machine which is digging these boulders from the fields. Farmers bury them in a hole in the field or make walls from then; sometimes they mark their land with it. What water is in Dutch landscape these stones are in Finland.
    Both stones can be combined and shall be interwoven with the Finnish lakes, islands and silence of the landscape as a contemporary monument for the future.

    The primeval landscape is made in the glacial period. The ice cap covered the land and after moving to the north it left stones of all sizes. Deep holes in the rocks-bed were filled up with water and thousands of lakes appeared.

    The map of Finland shows the way the ice moved. The ice was strong and big rocks were replaced by the ice. The biggest one (of Europe, maybe even of the world) is the monolith on which Saksala is situated. One big rock on which already in prehistoric time people started to live.

    Workspaces are planned in the Saksala area and on islands in the lake.
    A group of minimal 6 international sculptors will be invited to work during 8 weeks in inspiring surroundings with these magnificent Finnish materials and visualize their own image of this primeval landscape.

    This symposium will be the beginning of a marked line between Haukivuori and Kangasniemi on the H-K 62nd degree of latitude.
    In summer it will be found over the water and in winter over the ice.
    The islands in lake Kyyvesi with the sculptures are places where one find an interesting document of contemporary art and see the landscape from a different viewpoint.

    location for the first period:
    1. Art Centre Saksala ArtRadius in Haukivuori
    2. islands in lake Kyyvesi in Haukivuori
    3. harbor and beach of lake Kyyvesi
    3. FOAM ArtRadius Sculpture Park in Haukivuori

    planned period: from the middle of April - the middle of June 2009

    After the symposium the sculptures will be in the possession of the art centre Saksala ArtRadius. This art centre will loan the sculptures to the FOAM ArtRadius Sculpture Park to exhibit them in the Sculpture Park around art centre Saksala ArtRadius and on the islands in lake Kyyvesi.
    This will be the beginning of the marking of the H-K 62ºlatitude from Haukivuori to Kangasniemi, a line between two remarkable places with contemporary art Saksala ArtRadius/FOAM Sculpture Park in Haukivuori and Penttilä ArtRadius in Kangasniemi.

    In the future this line can be visualized through initiatives by others in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Japan, Siberia, Russia. Step by step this monument will grow and show the globalization of the world and the individuality of the people.

    The curator Ton Kalle has selected a group of international sculptors and for this moment the application is not open for other artists.

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