Recently I had a few days away in Lahti, Finland. I love this town, have been before there. It's not large but very comfortable and cozy for citizens. The town is called the Center of the Finnish Lake District.
Having settled at the hotel, I went for a stroll to the Lanu park. So the park is named after the sculptor Olavi Lanu, who created concrete sculptures in 1989 - 1992 and put them in different parts of the forest, among the trees and bushes.
The park is located on the Kariniemi hill, near the Vesijärvi lake. The lake is beautiful, there is a pier for boats and yachts and a place for walking and cycling. Lots of geese and ducks stopped in the park before flying to warm places.
When I began to go up the hill to the park unusual sculptures struck me. It was necessary to consider them to understand what was depicted. Here are two persons, they hug (' tuki '). Next figure is a man sitting under a falling stone. Judging by his face, he pondered and did not notice a stone ( 'hella kivi ' ).
' tuki '
'hella kivi '
This sculpture depicts a meeting of a few people, though I can not say exactly how many they are ('rankakasa'). Not far away in the forest an interesting group was: two men who have faced as stubborn sheep. I suppose they struggle with each other long time and moss have already started to grow on them ('kaksi kivea').
This figure is as if made of thin concrete rods. I imagined a woman who wanted to get rid from the mass of concrete ('keko'). And opposite another sculpture, a couple was, I suppose they were happy to meet ('harmaa tammikuu').
A little away from the main paths of the park, this figure was located. I think it's meditator man sitting in peace alone ('iso kivi'). Now the sculpture that I liked the most. This was a woman figure lying on her side and concrete waves and threads flown down. Interestingly to look at her hair.
The following sculpture tries to raise himself by his hair. But if you look at his legs or roots, they are four, it is clear that he would never get off the ground ('keko')
I stared at the last sculpture, could not understand how a woman's body pierced a stone. But apparently she was not damaged because she clasped her hands behind a head and seeks to swim ('lapi harmaan kiven') :))
'lapi harmaan kiven'
I think any viewer can't be indifferent looking at these sculptures by Olavi Lanu, they make him to think, to consider, to assume. The bright colors of the autumn forest emphasize Lanu's unusual creativity.
From the hill the houses and Lahti hall tower was visible. I went down to the Vesijärvi lake and decided to look at the gallery in the museum.
There I also found the cute sculpture. The day was interesting, the walk was long and I went to have dinner. Happy new week all!
By the way this is my 100th post.
When in late 2011 I made my blog I would never have believed that I could write 100 articles in English. I hope you have forgiven my few mistakes. Thank you!