Strata is a network of volunteers embracing art built in sync with the nature. The fundamental question concerning the relationship between man and nature is the basis for the efforts of the community. The Latin name 'Strata' stands for 'layers' and refers to the different types of sedimentary rock layers that are being exposed when excavating the ridge.
Through Strata Project we have been able to produce land artworks in the Western Lake region of Finland. Two of the largest artworks, the iconic Tree Mountain by Agnes Denes and massive Up and Under by Nancy Holt are located 20 kilometers from the city of Tampere. Future artistic productions will be announced in 2020.
The origin of The Strata Project dates to the 1980´s, when Finnish residents, concerned about their local landscape, approached artist Osmo Rauhala and asked him to help restore an old abandoned gravel pit in Pinsiö village. The idea to landscape this extensive gravel pit area by creating an integrated environment made up of several permanent large-scale artworks was officially developed in 1987.
Both, the city of Nokia and the town of Hämeenkyrö, partnered with the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in order to organize an international art competition for landscaping the gravel pit in Pinsiö village. This was the very first time in Finland and among the first places in the world where it was suggested that environmental damage be restored by public artworks.
After several international artists took interest in the project, a working group was established to develop the project further. The landscaping plan was supported by both, the local municipalities and the Ministry of Environment of Finland. The working group extended the scope of the project to incorporate a museum exhibition Strata in 1992 in Tampere Art Museum together with the Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki. The area of Pinsiö village west from Tampere city is planned to be in addition to the permanent exhibition a place for temporary environmental artworks.
Erik Van Hoorn´s work.
Artists Agnes Denes and Nancy Holt participated in the Strata exhibition among 6 other artists from the U.S.A and Europe. Agnes Denes´ work, Tree Mountain was selected early for the exhibition and news of her inclusion in the Strata exhibition was announced at the Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro on the World Environmental Day June 5, 1992.
The municipality of Ylöjärvi and Lohja Rudus Oy Ab, a local Finnish construction corporation, actively participated in the project by building the huge man made mountain placed at the center of Agnes Denes´ work. While Nancy Holt had been previously invited to landscape a separate gravel pit that was owned by Nokia city, and Up and Under was already designed in 1993 though the work itself was not completed until 1998.
While the Hämeenkyrö municipality was already involved with the production of Up and Under, they also introduced their own project in 1998. The Hämeenkyrö municipality selected work was Bowl & Kuhilas by Erik van Hoorn, a Netherlands born environmental artist. His works were designed and placed in two roundabouts on a road to Vaasa from Tampere. Read more about Erik van Hoorn´s works here.
From 2004 to 2012 Up and Under and Tree Mountain were both maintained by the Pinsiö Society. Through Strata Scheme the works are revitalized and developed for the wider audience. The scheme is supported by the European Union, Council of Tampere Region, Town of Nokia, Town of Ylöjärvi and Municipality of Hämeenkyrö. Take part in The Strata Project and be part one of the greatest arts & nature conservation projects of our time.