Clear-Cut Preservation in Kohta

Clear-Cut Preservation was exhibited in Kohta -gallery in Helsinki, Finland.
The exhibited art piece consists of two-channel video work documenting the tree growth in the preservation in between years 2010 – 2017. The video is made of game camera photos takes in one hour intervals of the area, creating a very long time laps. The sound is a prolonged sound of chain saw recorded close to the preservation.

Clear-cut Preservation is located in Tunnila village, Sulkava, Eastern-Finland. Since 2010, this hectare of clear-cut has been a preservation where no forest management activities are allowed since the cutting. The clear-cut was done by the previous owners of the forest, not by the artist. Even though this video piece version presents autumn 2010 and spring 2017, there are images taken every hour in between these years and beyond, the initial idea is to record the clear-cut and what happens to it without management as long as it would take a tree grow within intensive forest management. At the moment, this about 60-80 years, but climate change might affect this.

The storms and strong winds have affected the game camera position, sometimes it has fallen and sometimes the position changes a bit. The camera is tilted a bit towards left from the 2010 view in 2017. One can still recognize a group of spruces that have grown a lot. Of course, slowly the view becomes like a green wall as the close by trees grow right in front of the lens.

Although, all the forest management is forbidden in the preservation, it was partly thinned by the municipality. Apparently, it was an accident by their workers and it lead to an interesting discussion with the insurance company of Metsänhoitoyhdistys – association of the forest owners that takes care of the forest management, basically everywhere in Finland. They consider the preservation as a piece of forest or land that is not taken cared of and that they made a favor of thinning parts of it for free. But at the same time, they were destroying an art piece.

Thank you curator Anders Kreuger, as well as Anna Mustonen, Maija Grönqvist and Timo Aho from Kohta.

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