Colored by Nature and Technology
(Above)Sun from the Eco series, steel, mirror, 161 cm,
1994.(Photo courtesy of the Rauma Art Museum)
Antti Maasalo's art is colored by nature and technology.
The works are often based on natural phenomena, but also
on another nature created by humans---the technological
The elements, wind, sun and sunlight play an
important part in his works. His works transcend the
opposition of technology and nature, and their constructive
structures convey strong sentiments of nature.
In his solar works he displays the luminance and warmth
of the sun in a manner that changes the cool material of
steel and mirror into a medium of the consciousness of nature.
Maasalo lives in an ecological house planned by the architect
Kirmo Mikkola. The house is mainly heated with direct solar
Antti Maasalo (born 1940) is one of the pioneers of Finnish
technological art. He is a charter member of the Dimensio group,
which studies new forms of expression involving art and
technology. Since 1975 he has made dozens of public works of art.
(Antti Maasalo, Kirkonkyläntie 10, FIN-63500 Lehtimäki, Finland)
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