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Miniature landscapes

Finland's coastal topography bears marks of the ice age. The landscape, with its numerous islands, rocks and reefs, is a witness of the glacial processes that once shaped the bedrock. The smooth surface of the rocks has been formed by the movements of the ice. The landfills and the expansion of the city towards the sea has levelled down the topography shaped by the ice age.

In order to show this process, I have reconstructed pieces of the former islands topography of by placing photographs and maps, representing the natural rocky surface in 1:1 scale, on respective pieces of asphalt-covered earth located on the former islands.

These carefully measured miniature landscapes originate in islands which still exist around Helsinki.

Kirke's cave
Scylla and Charybdis