ITE Environments

On this page we will present a selection of Finnish ITE-art environments.

A contemporary folk art environment may consist of works without any established place of display or it may be a gallery-like compilation, a museum, sculpture park, backyard environment, architectural creation or, in some cases, a lifestyle environment that covers the artist’s entire property. Regardless of the nature of the works, the primary and most natural place for displaying them is usually the artist’s living environment rather than exhibition venues typical of the art world.

An art environment is an entity consisting of works of art, their relations to one another, and it also includes everything else in the living environment such as its architecture, plants and the geography of the area. The light and temperature in the environment vary according to the time of day and the season. The environment gets beaten by the rain and swept by the wind, parched by the sun and covered by snow. The sensual world of contemporary folk art embraces the perfume of flowers and the smell of manure wafting from the fields, birdsong and sounds of traffic as well as the hum of mosquitoes and horseflies buzzing on the skin.

Memories and emotions of artists themselves and of those close to them are the source of their motifs. They produce art on the terms of their everyday lives and environments and while doing so they also reshape their lives and surroundings with their art.

Contemporary folk art tells us life-size stories that reflect the image of their creators. An artist’s production is a depiction of one person’s world view, values and definition of art. In art environments the artist, the environment, the creative process and the works are all come together. Several years’ work of constructing an environment is part of its meaning and overall impression.

The best-known ITE Art environments

Parikkala Sculpture Park by Veijo Rönkkönen
Over 500 sculptures and a lovely garden
Kuutostie 611, 59130 Parikkala, Finland
Always open.
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.
Page in Facebook

Villa Mehu (Villa Juice) by Elis Sinistö
Veklahdentie 242, 02400 Kirkkonummi, Finland
Buildings from recycled materials, but the nature is taking over the place.
Free to visit.
Urbanex Ninja -blog
Videos by Erkki Pirtola, part 1 and part 2
More information in English in the weblog by Henk van Es.

Alpo’s Savannah by Alpo Koivumäki
Alpo Koivumäki’s sculpture yard
Sarantie 672, Nummijärvi, Kauhajoki, Finland
Open daily at 10:00–20:00.
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.
Page in Facebook

Painted House by Enni Id
Kellosalmentie 579, Padasjoki, Finland
Open on summer Sundays at 12–15. Groups can agree special visit, please contact Mrs Pirjo Rinne +358 40 595 3445 or piipa.rinne@gmail.com.
Enni Id in ITEnet
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.
Video by Mike Inglis here
Page in Facebook

Edvin’s Path by Edvin Hevonkoski
Edvininpolku, Vaasa, Finland
Sculptures by Edvin Hevonkoski
Always open.
Map of the sculptures
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.

Iron Park by Matti Järvenpää
Hämeenkyrö, Finland
Not open for visitors.
Video with English subtitles in YouTube.
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.

Sculptures by Johannes Ivakko
Radiomäenkatu 43, 15100 Lahti
Sculptures by Johannes Ivakko, moved from their original site to a public park in city of Lahti.
More information in English in the web blog by Henk van Es.