I was recently asked what are the must see’s in Finland -well, I’ll have to think about that one. But one piece of art that is pretty impressive – and maybe less known? – is the “Quiet People” (my translation) about 30 kms north of Suomussalmi. You drive on the empty road (Suomussalmi is a small town pretty far up in the north) and then suddenly they are there, over 1000 colourful but quiet people.
The artist Reijo Kela has apparently not disclosed what his art symbolises or why he called them the “quiet” people. However, if they are undressed, there will be over 1000 wooden crosses left on the field, maybe that is some sort of a statement too?
The quiet people are dressed twice a year, next time they’ll be dressed for the winter on Sept 24th at 9 am. You are welcome to join the volunteers dressing these quiet people either by bringing clothes to them or by helping with the clothes that already have been donated. There will be coffee and pancakes served for all the volunteers.