Jaakko Pernu (Finland)
"Gateway" by Jaakko Pernu (2017)
Sculpture in the Wild commissioned Jaakko Pernu to create a sculpture for the entrance into the park.
Jaakko Pernu is a Finnish sculptor and environmental artist living in the city of Oulu. He has been working with natural materials since 1988 creating large-scale installations from tree branches and tree trunks found on site, expertly woven together, responding to the landscape.
Many of Pernu's works derive their inspiration from his early life, growing up in rural Eastern Finland. As a child, Pernu helped his father construct wooden boats. He observed his father's technique of manipulating wood to create sweeping elegant shapes and this is evident in his distinct environmental sculptures.
Jaakko has created many public works around Europe and Canada including Oulu Museum of Art, Kotka Sculpture Park (Korea), Arte Stella (Italy), Vancouver Convention Center (Canada), Concord Park Place (Canada) and Fortum (Moscow)