As everybody knows, the nature has gone into bad shape.
It must be renovated!
Ilkka Halso has moved his activities into construction business
and has accepted the challenge.
My project approaches the restoration of nature in the means of technology and science. I show Ironic visions of mans relation to nature and his confidence in technology in solving problems caused by his own activities.
I builded fictive restoration sites. Scaffoldings are covering objects of nature instead of houses and man-made objects. Trees, boulders, rock faces and fields are under repair.
Scaffoldings in the landscape: Modular “toybricks” come up from chaotic order of nature. A new geometrical space conquers landscape.
I seek consciously monumental approach to my subjects. Scaffoldings and artificial lightning settings highlight and frame nature objects and detach them from everyday life context. The object of nature and construction site that surrounds it form together a colossal installation.
My work deals with people’s ambivalent relation to nature. It’s typical for human beings to mould nature, justifying their actions with their aesthetic and economic aspirations. But nature can’t endure everything. In my photographs, control over nature has acquired a concrete form. The elements of nature have been rethought and have, for logistical purposes, been packed into modules that are easier to handle. The whole of nature is stored in a gigantic warehouse complex and the most common types of nature, from soil and flora to fauna can be easily assembled into working ecosystems. What’s happening? Has nature been evacuated to await better times, or has it been simplified into merchandise and absurd tableaux? I’m looking into the future. I don’t like what I see.
Museum of Nature
In order to protect and restore nature we need stronger means. Ilkka Halso has continued his conquest in order to save the world. He presents plans for brighter and more durable millennium.
Museum of Nature is next step in continuum of imaginative nature restoring project, which started year 2000 as Restoration exhibition. Restoration series was about restoring single nature objects in means of technology and engineering.
Museum project takes one step further. I make plans and construct visually buildings, which protect nature from treaths of pollution and what is more important from actions of man. I visualize shelters, massive buildings where big ecosystems could be stored as they are found today, in the present. These massive buildings protect forests, lakes and rivers from pollution and, more importantly, they protect nature from the actions of man himself. At the same time, I study different aspects of man’s relation to nature as though a rare, unique and endangered place..
While putting nature into a museum you have to take under consideration aspect of audience/ consumer. Nature becomes joyride for turists or beautyfull landscape turns into a meditative theatre show.
Project is based on pessimistic vision of what is happening on earth. I am looking into future and I am not very happy about that. I am considering these pictures more as visual pamphlets than estetical images.
Digital process is constantly present in the works. I am combining freely photographs of landscapes and computer genereted 3D-models. Works are visualized building plans, plans I do not want to see realized.
– Born in Orimattila, Finland 1965
– Living and working in Orimattila
– Master of Arts, 1992, University of Art and Design in Helsinki (UIAH)