I am fascinated by the life that is hidden. The life that we get a glimpse of when we turn over an old stone or peep on the underside of green leaves. We uncover from their hiding places small and even smaller creatures: worms, woodlice, centipedes, ants and the almost invisible inhabitants of the forest. The forest is home to all of them.
While making the Nature’s Shelter I met almost three hundred Keuruu school students. Together we painted the homes of the forest animals: woods, meadows, bogs, water, sky and a wintry landscape. After completing that, the students painted in the small inhabitants. The paintings were sown together to form a cave, a jungle canvas that was hung over the narrow stairwell of Rajatalo.
The great outdoors is a home for about 140 million species. Most of these inhabitants of nature are invisible to us. There they live sheltered in their own kingdom and uphold the enormous ecosystem of the earth, and human life is totally dependent on these hidden, unknown friends.
Nature’s shelter is a tribute to the smallest inhabitants of the forest and to the variety of nature.
I was assisted in my work by Pirta Ala, a textile artisan.