This series of functional kinetic sculptures is titled ‘valo’ meaning light in Finnish. Studies into the ability of wood to transmit light when cut thinly enough and the effect of wood on the colour of light are driving factors. Each piece features interchangeable and/or moveable parts and is designed and constructed using wood-to-wood joints and a minimum of wood glue only. The majority were produced using hand tools, measure approximately 1.5 to 2 metres in their longest dimension and employ locally sourced wood species (primarily Finnish birch, tar alder, pine and spruce). The quality of light produced links to that found in winter in circumpolar Finland, where many of these works find their origin.
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