I have created the sculpture ”Tree of Life” in Murano, Italy with Mariano Moro and his team. Through the sculpture I tell about the Winter in Finland. The old and broken tree is covered with a burden of snow. In the light of Aurora Borealis the branches of the tree become so beautiful. The broken branches have been carved by hand and etched. I compare this old tree to human life. Old age shines with wisdom.
In June the sculpture arrived at the home gallery in Kuopio from Murano. We went through the plan of the Shanghai exhibition with my friend Kaisa Blomstedt. Kaisa hoped that this would be ”Tree of Life”.
To our surprise Kaisa passed away in July. Great longing still remains. I feel that she is here in Shanghai with me through this sculpture.