Parikkala Sculpture Park

Parikkala Sculpture Park project (2011-14).

In this project the Association for Rural Culture promoted activities and networks to take care of the famous Parikkala Sculpture Park after artist’s death.

The creator of the park, Mr. Veijo Rönkkönen, (1944–2010) worked at the paper mill and started sculpting concrete statues in the early 1960s. For fifty years, until his death, he dedicated all his spare time to making his original art.

There are some 500 different and skillfully executed colourful statues in the park, mostly human figures.  In the mystical heart of the park there is an ensamble of over 200 statues in different yoga positions. Rönkkönen practiced yoga and used yoga statues as a memory book for different asanas. Besides yoga other big themes in the park are carnevalistic statues describing different nationalities and hundreds of statues of children playing, dancing and doing gymnastics.

The amazing garden around the statues is also created by the artist himself.

Parikkala sculpture park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland with about 20 000 to 30 000 visitors every year.

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