Jonna Pohjalainen’s Coloured Pencils Bring Life to the Latvian Countryside

The Open Air Art Museum in Pedvale is located in an idyllic expanse of Latvian countryside that is subject to some of the world’s most extreme climates and boasts some really spectacular sunsets, which is the perfect place to incorporate environmental art into its atmosphere. Finnish artist Jonna Pohjalainen spent some time in 2006 working there and created a breathtaking installation using naturally felled Aspen trees, chosen for their unique forms and shades of grey, turning them into coloured pencils and setting them upright so that the sky itself is incorporated as a backdrop. The shifting light hits the pencils in such a way that you’ll never see the same effect twice, depending on the weather conditions and time of day.

According to Jonna, “While you sharpen your pencils you can see time passing by. Colours bring joy and happiness in our everyday life. I chose a place of my work because of the sunsets. You can sit and meditate near my work and look at the sunsets. Without sun there are no colours and life!” She has carried this idea in some of her other works as well.

See more of Jonna Pohjalainen’s work at and the Open Air Art Museum’s website.


* My apologies for not keeping consistent with my posts as of late – my husband and I just bought our first house (a nice big red brick Victorian that’s over 100 years old!), and are in the process of getting everything ready for the big move and ensuing renovations. Exciting times!

  1. ScrapAndSalvage said:

    i love this!

    • Me too – makes me want to take a trip to go and see what other awesome environmental installations they have!

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