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Tremendous Wood Sculptures Alter Their Environments

Yesterday, we got to see 21 examples of land art that are simply unforgettable. Today, we can expand on that ever-growing list with the works of land artist Jaakko Pernu. The Finnish artist's body of work presents large-scale sculptures produced from elements that originate in natural environments. Pernu works intensely with wood, willow in particular, manipulating its shape and utilizing its texture. His larger-than-life environmental sculptures forge branches together, designing a new type of leafless tree–one that mimics geometric and man-made shapes, uncommon in nature.

The wonderful thing about these series of sculptural land works, referred to as Timberline, is their playful nature. They could easily put a smile on a passing pedestrian's face. Some of them blend in, making for a pleasant surprise when they're noticed, while others can't help but stand out. They alter the space they inhabit, allowing spectators to notice a visible difference. One could read this as a sign of the negative impact mankind has on the environment's natural landscape. Pernu leaves the interpretation up to the viewer, but the artist says of his work: “My theme is the influence of humans on nature – the influence of nature on humans.”

Jaakko Pernu on Environmental Art
via [Ruines Humaines]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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