This seedling in the picture is one of the seedlings that left Finnish nurseries at the beginning of December 2019. Due to the coronavirus, the seedling was quarantined in the Icelandic Forest Sector's nursery before planting in Finnmörk until August 2021. In this picture, it has already survived one winter in Finnmörk. 5/2022.
Conceptual and touchable work about trees and forests
Circulation is a touchable and conceptual place-bound work about climate change, forests, and Finnish forest culture. The place of implementation is Finnmörk in Iceland and online.
I export seedlings and seeds to Iceland. Over the years, I will be planting forest, bushes, and flowers in the Finnmörk area, in the Heidmörk nature reserve near Reykjavik. In addition, I am fighting erosion and climate change. Part of this is planning with Heidmörk and Icelandic forest agencies and operators, the Finnish Embassy in Iceland, and Finnish forest scientists from the beginning of 2019. The planning started concretely during my planning trips in August 2021 and May 2022, when I also shot Forest Stories (Metsätarinoita) videos.
I make a path from the road to a rest area and a shelter with benches in a rest area where you can enjoy the forest and have a barbecue. With this part of the work, I am taking the culture of enjoying the Finnish forest to Iceland: you can be in the forest and enjoy it. A forest can be more than a commodity. With the locals, I discuss Iceland's forests, trees, the lack of trees, the history of Heidmörk and Finnmörk, and also about where I could get the different colored stones characteristic of the island for a path. In the background, however, there is substantial concern about the effects of climate change on Iceland.
Implementers: * Visual artist Anu Miettinen, Finland * Ambassador Anu Laamanen, former Ambassador Ann-Sofie Stude, Embassy of Finland in Iceland * Deputy Director Adalsteinn Sigurgeirsson, The Icelandic Forest Service (IFS) * Director Auður Kjartansdóttir, Forest Officer Gústaf Jarl Viðarsson, Forest Society of Reykjavík (Skógræktarfélag Reykjavíkur) * Director Steiner Björgvinsson, Nursery Gróðrarstöðin Þöll, Hafnarfirði, (Forest Society of Haffnarfjördur) * Einar Óskarsson, Planter of Finnmörk's first trees * Þorsteinn Tómasson, crossings of Finnish red birch * Other forest authorities in Iceland and Heidmörk
Supporters Home Residency of Kone Foundation Nordic Culture Point Seedlings and seeds: Finforelia, Taimitapio Halti
My first visit to Finnmörk in Iceland was on 19.12.2019 when I saw the place where I was going to grow the forest.