Monday, October 21, 2013

The Lanu Park In Lahti, Finland


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').

'rankakasa'

'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')

'keko'
 '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.

'iso kivi'
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')   :))

'keko'
'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!


P.S. 

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!


58 comments:

  1. I love all these pics, from the color of the trees to the kaksi kivea :)

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    1. Thank you, Keith! They both 'Two stones' ( in Finnish ' kaksi kivea' ) are cute and funny.

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  2. How unusual! Yes, these sculptures are startling and they make you think. And they are standing in the middle of a forest, looking like nature put them there. I keep going back to look at "hella kivi", I like that one the best, but I am intrigued by all of them. What a beautiful park.

    (and congratulations on 100 posts. Your English is excellent and your thoughts are so expressive.)

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    1. The sculpture 'Stone stove' (in Finnish "hella kivi") is enough expressive, I tried to see a man's face, how he was under the stone :)). Thank you, Laurrie!

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  3. Gorgeous golden autumn colors! The image of the goose with golden reflections from the lake is wonderful! What a special park and thought provoking sculptures. Thank you, Nadezda, for another fabulous post and congratulations on writing 100 posts. Your English is outstanding! Thank you for sharing so much of the beauty you see with us!

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    1. You're welcome, Peter! I loved these geese, they weren't afraid of people walking around the lake. I think he liked to pose me!

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  4. Welcome Nadezda!
    The beautiful golden autumn colors.
    I admire very interesting sculpture.
    Walk through the woods made ​​a big impression on me.
    It's beautiful.
    I congratulate the 100 article. I love to visit your blog.
    Greetings.
    Lucia

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    1. Yes, you're right, the woods make impression. Thank you, Lucia!

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  5. A beautiful collection of photographs, the autumn colours are just lovely. I like the sculpture very much, at first glance they don't seem to be anything other than lumps of stone, and then suddenly you see what has been created. Very clever, it is like the forms are emerging from the stone.

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    1. That is right! The form are emerging from the concrete! Thank you, Tracey!

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  6. Beautiful autumnal pictures
    Greetings :)

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  7. Great pictures you show Nadezda from Finland. Beautiful sculpture. Congratulations on your blog No 100.Ønsker you a good Tuesday :) Hugs Hanne Bente
    PS! Thanks for your comment on my blog. I have tasted rowan, but sour / bitter, but believes that there are some who make "hovel berry jelly" of them.

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    1. How interesting about rowan berries, Hanne Bente! Glad you liked the photos, thank you!

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  8. Hi Nadezda, the wonderful summer has gone, but there is a golden autumn. Yours pictures are so nice. Very interesting sculptures!
    Have a nice week!
    We'll have some warm days. That's great!!

    Meggie

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    1. I'm glad you have warm golden autumn. Thank you, Meggie!

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  9. Dear Nadedza,what a great post!!!
    Beautiful pictures and autumn images from an amazing place!!!
    I like your sculpture!!!So cute!!!Congrats for you 100 post!!!
    Have a lovely week!!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Glad you liked sculptures, thank you, Dimi!

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  10. What beautiful colours Nadezda, just stunning. Your English is excellent and congratulations on your 100th post.
    Patricia x

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  11. Congratulations Nadezda with your 100th post in English. For me your English is perfect, because it is not my native tongue either. You visited a beautiful place in Finland, the autumn colours are gorgeous. Despite the sculptures are rather unusual I like them very much and there were quite a lot of them in the park.

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    1. The sculptures are put in different places of the wood like they are part of nature. Thank you, Janneke!

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  12. I like sculpture parks and these sculptures seem very unique and interesting. Thanks for the tour!

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  13. Such an extraordinary park you're showing us again Nadezda! You really live in such a beautiful country!
    Marian

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    1. Glad you liked the Lanu park, it's in Finland. Thank you, Marian!

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  14. What a gorgeous town! I love the trees and the sculptures. You took wonderful pictures. I would love to visit there someday. Congratulations on your 100th post :)

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  15. Congratulations on this 100th post! Your English is very good and easy to understand. I wish that I was so good with Russian language!
    I look forward to many more interesting and beautiful posts. So different from where I live.
    Another beautiful Autumn post which I am enjoying. Lovely reflections and thought provoking sculptures. They are so suited to their environment. I had a chuckle with 'kaksi kivea'. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Lahti.

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    1. It's true, Betty, the sculptures suit well to the forest, nature, moss. New interesting posts: I will! Thank you!

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  16. Parece un bosque encantado!!!
    Impresionantes esas esculturas imitando sentimientos, entre los colores de los árboles en otoño.
    me alegran tus cien... A por otros cien o doscientos más:))
    Un beso.

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    1. Y por otros cien vamos adelante! Gracias, Laura!

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  17. Congratulations on your 100th post! I wouldn't be able to write a single post in Russian. You do amazingly well!
    I just love the artwork in this post especially the moss covered pieces of sculpture.

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    1. Yes, Jennifer, these sculptures are a part of nature, of branches, leaves, moss. Thank you!

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  18. Congratulations Nadezda on your 100th post, a milestone! And thanks for all the lovely photos today, the sculptures are beautiful and the surrounding landscape gives me a whiff of homesickness, as I often get when reading your posts! I lived 9 years in Kirkenes, at the Norwegian/Russian/Finnish border until I was 16 years old, and we often went across to Finland to shop cheap groceries – never to Russia though, back then it was Soviet Union and a heavily guarded border. I spent a week in Rovaniemi in Finland when I was 16, I have many fond memories from that week.

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    1. There are a lot of lakes in Lahti, center of Lake District. The nature in Saint Petersburg area is similar to Finland. You're right, this post is a milestone for me, I learned many things as writing and as photography. Thank you, Helene!

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  19. Beautiful pictures as always! I love the stone sculptures, they fit so nicely into the Finnish nature.

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  20. What beautiful scenes of the lake and forest! It looks like you arrived at the perfect time with all the gorgeous fall color. The sculptures are so interesting; I'm not very knowledgeable about art and don't always like modern sculpture, but these are fascinating.
    Congratulations on your 100th post, Nadezda! I assumed Google was translating this into English, but if you are writing it yourself in English, you have a great command of the language!

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    1. The fall is very colorful season and I wanted to take pictures of sculptures surrounded by yellow and golden leaves. Rose, Google as a machine translator can't translate well, especially from Russian, because of another order of words. If I used machine translator I think it would be difficult to understand what I want to say. Thank you!

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  21. What a gorgeous park, Nadezda, and what a perfect time of year to go there! No wonder this is not your first visit. The autumn colours are in full glory and your camera has expertly captured them all.

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    1. Thank you, Astrid, you liked these fall photos. I've been before in this town and love the Lanu park, you're right!

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  22. Happy 100th blog anniversary! I really enjoyed looking at the sculptures in the garden and loved to see the moss on them. The colors of the trees are so vibrant. Here, we are just starting to see colors in trees – I think it will take a couple more weeks. Thanks for coming to my blog while I was away. I went back and re-read all your comments. We just came back a couple of days ago and now I am behind reading my favorite blogs…

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    1. I'm waiting for your new posts, Vagabonde. Thank you!

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  23. Such an interesting park. I've never been there. Maybe it's too near ;O). Great pictures and congrats on the hundredth post!

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    1. Oh, maybe! Too near :))! Kiitos, Satu!

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  24. A most interesting post... Such beautiful photograghs

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    1. Glad you liked my post, Larry. Thank you!

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  25. Congratulations on your 100th post! Your blog is always interesting. I had never heard of this park before but I would really love to see the sculptures, because they have the air of "natural" objects while in fact being very artistic. I think I'd find it fascinating to walk around and see how many to spot.

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    1. As you're traveling a lot perhaps one day you come to Lahti, and stroll in this interesting park, Jenny. Thank you!

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  26. I love the sculpture, especially the two stubborn men! Ha! Congratulations on your 100th post! I appreciate you translating your posts into English. I think you do a better job than Google!

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    1. Oh, yes, these stubborn men are funny! Thank you, Holley!

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  27. Congrats on your 100th post! I looove your blog, because your photos are beautiful and especially your trip posts always attract me! I've never been to Europe area, so I'm into this post, too. How unique park you've traveled!! Each sculpture is wonderful and suit the mountain view. Especially 'hella kivi ' I like! What is he thinking about inspite of the heavy rock at his head. Imagining such a thing and strolling around must have been fun! I'd love to visit here someday:)

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    1. Hi,
      'hella kivi ' or 'big stone' is a funny sculpture! I'm sure you arrive to this park and can to see all by your own. Thank you, Keity!

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  28. The fall color there is just gorgeous!!

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    1. Thank you, sweetbay, glad you're in my blog!

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