There are two places I’ll never venture on my own, not even in the light of day: the basement (where the monsters live) and Finland’s Veijo Rönkkönen Sculpture Garden. This sculpture park is located in Finland, close to the Russian border, and was built by self-taught artist Veijo Rönkkönen.
Susanna Majuri, a Helsinki-based photographer, shoots her subjects at the bottom of a pool to create a dream-world that incites the mind. The background of her images is made of waxed canvas depicting beautiful scenes from nature.
A badly injured squirrel gets adopted by a human family in Finland and lives with them for six years
Redditor Priami has quite a tale to tell strangers online. Back in 2007 his grandmother found a squirrel. She thought it was dead at first but when it showed signs of life, she handed it over to Priami to take care of.
Is your country’s postal system as forward-thinking as Finland’s? Starting in September, the country will begin selling stamps that feature the ‘confident and proud homoeroticism’ of Tom of Finland, an artist whose homoerotic drawings ‘have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion’. And though Finland […]
Watch out. According to Sami Petman’s collage poster, finding a wolf in sheep’s clothing is about a 50/50 chance. I love the combinations brought about in each of these mish-mashed collage posters from the Collagerie show in Norwich, UK. They combine so many different cultural, historic, and art references and mix them together to make pieces that are […]
So I just discovered a fun fact from tech expert Jeffrey Cole at Digital & Music Matters 2013 this week: Finland is so progressive, it actually made broadband a legal right for every citizen a few years ago. Right now, all telcomms companies have to provide broadband connections that run at a minimum of 1Mbps […]
Meet the shouting men’s choir of Finland. They run in teams of thirty, dress in all black, drink Vodka, and shout in unison. You might hear them performing at the MoMA. You might run into them performing for the President at the White House. But no matter where you encounter this group of Finnish men, […]
The Aurora Borealis is awesome, and I can imagine this would be the ultimate way to see it. In Kakslauttanen, Finland, you can stay in the glass igloo village and have a full view of the incredible Northern Lights. ‘The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?!’ BYO steamed hams.
This stunning short video features footage taken of underwater ice fishing in the beautiful Lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland. If the soundtrack isn’t mesmerising enough, the surreal watery imagery will literally have you melting in your seat.
There is a few things we all seem to know about Finland: it is in the cold North, people are depressed, and their music is heavy. Just look at Nightwish, Children of Bodom or HIM. But if you dig deeper, you’ll find that at least the latter is not the only truth. Historic traditions, Russian influence and a captivating melancholy. Or simple beauty. That’s what Jalava embodies, with haunting folk melodies and heart-breaking lyrics. In Finnish, of course.
Santa eating kids. Santa torturing kids. Santa mutilating kids. I don’t know about you, but I hate Christmas. Okay, hate is a very strong word. I really hate Christmas. Everyone gets stressed out, then eats too much and whinges about being fat. Also, the amount of presents a kid gets has nothing to do with being naughty or nice — it’s how rich their parents are, and how much guilt they feel.
There’s an obvious play on the Spinners original here, but that doesn’t mean that these folks don’t create a serious stomper all their own. I first got hipped to Myron & E through Chris in my current DJ collective.
Finnish photographer Ville Varumo is as selective with his palette as a painter. Some of his images even look like paintings with their psychedelic lighting or almost Impressionistic backgrounds.
This annual event has taken place in Heinola, Finland since 1999 and attracts competitors from around the world (twenty countries were represented at this year’s event, which started on August 6). Entrants must assume all risks, so they have to fill and sign a form that states that they will not sue the organizers of the event in case of an accident. The championship starts with the preliminary rounds, with competitors eliminated, until six of them get to the final, where they have to show their strength and endurance in a period of time to decide who will be the winner. The winner is the last person to remain in the sauna and then get out of there with no external help. Finland tends to dominate. Surprise, surprise.