The Museum of Nature

[Image: Museum 2 by Ilkka Halso, featuring a protected mountain. If you look close enough, you'll also see the roller-coaster, pictured below, as it wraps around the bay...].

A few years ago, I picked up an old copy of Framework: The Finnish Art Review because it looked really good and had some cool images in it – and, even now, I think it's an interesting magazine. I don't regret the purchase.

[Image: Museum 1 by Ilkka Halso].

So I was flipping through it again the other night, looking for something, when I re-discovered a bunch of photographs by Ilkka Halso. I had forgotten about them.
The images are all part of an amazing series called the "Museum of Nature," and I'm frankly still in awe of the project.

[Image: Roller-coaster by Ilkka Halso].

The basic premise of Halso's digitally manipulated work is that "nature" has been transformed into a museum display – yet the public's interaction with this new, endangered artifact is limited to spectacular roller coaster rides, perfectly reflected in the still waters they pass over. Alternatively, you can visit this steamy, delirious, quasi-Parisian gallery of iron and glass roofs built arching into disappearance over pine forests.

[Image: Kitka-river by Ilkka Halso].

These are "shelters," the artist writes, "massive buildings where big ecosystems could be stored."
The more I think about this project, though, the more exciting it gets; someone should write a novel set in this place – a kind of eco-catastrophic sequel to Westworld, perhaps – or, at the very least, someone should put Halso's images on display in the United States. They'd also make a gorgeous spread in Wired.
In any case, be sure to spend time clicking around through Halso's site. It's worth it. And check out another of Halso's projects, featured on Pruned back in 2005.

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4 Comments:

Blogger sevensixfive said...

That's very appropriate for Finland especially, a country where the pristine forests are actually carefully managed timber and paper farms, rotated on decades-long cycles; and the herds of apparently wild reindeer are all tagged and tracked by high tech Laplanders.

April 02, 2007 9:33 PM  
Blogger Beat said...

That last picture reminds me of that moronic Pauly Shore movie, "BioDome".

Such a stupid, mediocre film, yet still so entertaining.

April 03, 2007 1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IS it real or what?

April 11, 2007 6:59 PM  
Blogger scott belcastro said...

I could look at these for days .........

April 07, 2010 3:31 PM  

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