A dramatic architectural installation designed to draw attention to the plight of the Finish countryside.

Our most unusual finalist was the wonderful architectural installation in Finland by Marco Casagrande and Sami Rintala. It is (or was) both a celebration of the traditional Finnish landscape and farming practices and a protest against the endless growth of the low density suburbs which now surround every Finnish settlement.

The whole was in many ways a contemporary interpretation of monument, poetic, moving, its only remaining presence on film and video. It is to be hoped that the heroic march of the three on the nation’s memories and its attitude to its agricultural past. All jury members agreed that the idea was extremely powerful, and that it must be commended.

The Architectural Review, Dec 1999

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