Savonlinna, Finland
61°52'28.2"N 28°57'04.4"E

Public Artwork
Completed 1999


Three abandoned barns were placed on 10-meter-high wooden poles, which were to mimic a slow, majestic walk away from the landscape to which they had belonged for several generations. Left to themselves in a “longing” for their former masters, without contact with the land they were once a part of, they flee to the big cities in the south. The story had a ceremonial end during an Autumn harvest celebration led by dancer Reijo Kela who lit the barns and danced until darkness descended over the field again.

The work was a commentary on the centralization that, at the time, characterized agricultural policy in Finland and led to large-scale closure of small farms throughout the country.

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