A Concrete Boat

Antti Stöckell (Taiteilija)

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A Concrete Boat
The Kemijoki river system covers a large part of Finnish Lapland. After the second world war, the river was dammed for the production of electrical energy. The ecosystem and culture based on the free-flowing river were completely destroyed or drastically changed.
My work of art is a combination of a wooden watercraft and a concrete mould. As a young man, my father was building one of Kemijoki's hydropower plants in the 1950s. There were up to 2,500 people at the construction site. The wooden concrete moulds of the dam structures used huge amounts of concrete. Then the rising water covered the shore meadows of my father's birthplace. The stream of the river fell silent. 65 years later, my father still misses the unbuilt river.
The latest plan to build more dam to the river is the Sierilä power plant near Rovaniemi. Its construction would drown the last remaining large rapids and part of Kemijoki's cultural landscape. There is a local community in the area that opposes the project by fighting for their home shores.

JulkaisijaTiedekeskus Arktikum
TilaJulkaistu - 2 jouluk. 2022
OKM-julkaisutyyppiF2 Julkinen taiteellisen tuotoksen osa
TapahtumaChanges on Northern Shores: Observing problems through art and science - Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Suomi
Kesto: 3 jouluk. 202230 huhtik. 2023


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