Tuesday, 9 December 2008

A protest against the development of Finland's Koli National Park as a cross-country ski resort. In the summer of 2000, after collecting unwanted sheets from psychiatric hospitals around the country Casagrande & Rintala made 1000 white flags to punctuate the verdant landscape of one ski-slope as a gesture of surrender to insanity. [1] The anarchic environmental art work won the first price of the national landscape art competition Settlement [2] and launched the natural restoration process of the national park's ancient forests. [3]

^ [1] - Small Town Networks Conference: The Presentation of Environment(al) Art in the Town of Lieksa Contemporary -Apr 2006
^ [2] - Nathalie Pozzi: Casagrande & Rintala - ARCH'IT Nov 2001 (Italian)
^ [3] - Anna-Mari Tyyrilä: Kolin kulttuuriprojekti nousee - Kuntalehti 3/2001 (Finnish)