This book is a photographic document of Penttilä Estate (Kartano) and its lost gardens, in the Lake District of Finland. For hundreds of years Penttilä was a farm where agricultural products were produced: fruits - from apples to cucumbers, peppers and grapes - vegetables, plants, cut flowers, livestock, pheasants and other products came from Penttilä. It was a center for the region and supplier of the Helsinki Carlton Hotel, and the Jyväskylä City (Kaupunki) Hotel. There used to be a bathhouse on the lake and on the shore there are a sauna and a traditional smoke sauna. The images in the book are a report of the situation after the Estate had been abandoned for decades; but also the beauty of the natural surroundings. Gradually Penttilä is being restored to its original grandeur.
Lucien den Arend was born in 1943 in the Dutch city of Dordrecht. He has lived in The Netherlands, the United States and is now living In Finland. He has been a sculptor since the sixties of the twentieth century and has realized numerous site specific sculptures and land art projects. His works can be found in Europe and the United States. As a curator he has created Drechtoevers International Sculpture Park (OPAM) in the Netherlands. In Mikkeli, Finland he is helping set up an international sculpture park in Mikkeli Puisto, Ympäristötaide ja Taide Ympäristössä.. In 1997 he started building websites for colleague artists and artists' organizations and began his extensive personal sculpture site, www.denarend.com. Next to his sulpture he started specializig in building websites and SEO. Examples of sites, which he has built, can be found on his website www.dutchdeltadesign.com.
in retrospect Lucien den Arend Published October 08, 2011
SCULPTURE BY KARI HUHTAMO AT KULTARANTA a private viewing Published October 18, 2010