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Teuri Haarla: Father Earth, 1997. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum / Hanna Kukorelli

Father Earth

Artist Teuri Haarla

Kenttäkuja 12, Helsinki

Teuri Haarla (b. 1955, Turku) created this two-part work for the former Soininen Primary School, nowadays Pukinmäenkaari Primary School. In the schoolyard sits a giant’s footprint made of pale slate from Nilsiä and dark slate from Orivesi. Next to the footprint are stones gathered from the Barents Sea.

The other part of the work depicts the giant’s face. Installed in a patch of woods near the school, the face consists of the giant’s nose and mouth, both made of stone. The face is positioned so that a birch and a willow tree growing at the site represent the giant’s eyes. The terrain retains its original unbuilt character, and natural stones have been left onsite. The round stones around the nose and mouth are a later addition. The work is based on a local story about a giant.

The work was produced under the Percent for Art programme, and it belongs to the collection of the City of Helsinki, managed by HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

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