My installation consists of approximately 500 concrete skull reliefs that have been set into an ordinary kitchen floor. To cross the floor you have to step on the skulls. It induces a wobbly feeling, as if you were looking down from very high up.
Even though the skulls reflect death, the purpose of the work is not to glorify death, but make the visitor comprehend the necessity of human equality and hopefully make him or her take small steps to promote it. If we do not preserve equality then our children will truly live in the world of the Future.
While working in Keuruu Rajatalo I was particularly struck by the interplay of our thoughts and actions on one hand and the purpose and the end result on the other. How much do our thoughts influence our actions, how much do our actions influence the end result, and how much does it all finally depend on ourselves. Do we accept things and do nothing, or do we make choices and live by them all the time? Do we just refuse to think about things? Or do we disagree; hence our goals are the opposite? Am I good or bad? Do I walk over others? To use a cliché, death is the final frontier of all our consciousness, and only by accepting that and abandoning all trivial things will we understand what really matters in life.
P.S. I do not want to kill spiders, but I eat meat. Where’s the sense in that?