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Environmental Art Jaakko Pernu

Jaakko Pernu is a Finnish sculptor and environment artist living in the city of Oulu. He has been working 20 years with natural material - often in an oversized scale. Lately he has been working mostly abroad creating many public site specific works around Europe and Canada: Vancouver Convention Centre ( Canada), Concord Park Place (Canada).

Sculpture in the Wild International Sculpture Symposium presented the first opportunity for Jaakko to create a large-scale sculpture installation in the United States. During 11/2015 he worked in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

"Timberline, puuraja, is a tangible concept in the Northern latitudes. A timberline, marked with willow, in the middle of a European city may be a Northern comment on the spread of cities. At the same time, it may represent an aesthetic "timberline" either in a built-up or in a natural environment. I try to allow for multiple interpretations of my works: they do not preach loudly.

My working techniques are a direct continuation of the traditional Finnish itch for "hands-on" methods, in which in one form or another, materials derived from nature were always used. I feel that my completed works can be a part of the defined art world of galleries or museums; however, they can also be within reach of the so-called man in the street, who might bump into the artworks by chance along unfamiliar paths. In that instance, you could say that the intuitive ball of comprehension has been thrown to the viewer."

by Jaakko Pernu

Jaakko Pernu was born in 1958 in Kälviä, Finland, and lives and works in the city of Oulu. contact: +358 40 5640 454 Email: