A number of sculptures which I have produced are part of my collection, and form part of the permanent exhibition on the Penttilä Estate in Kangasniemi Finland. Up to 2006 these sculptures had never been exhibited at my home and studio. I lived and worked in an urban area of a town in Holland. My front door and back door opened directly onto the street. My large sculptures were always on loan to museums or public collections and istalled in parks, private gardens, in an orchard and on a sheep farm. Now they have come home.
My family and I now live on a former estate which used to be a combination of a farm, nursery and greenhouses - surrounded by vast forests. Penttilä is situated on a sunny slope facing the south west. When the company closed its doors and the last inhabitants left half a century ago, trees were planted on the fields which surrounded the buildings. Only the large former berry field and orchard were left open; but birches soon found their way there. Most of them have now been cut down to make room for the underground geothermic heating system for the buildings. So now the slope is an open field again and forms a perfect entourage for the installation of sculptures. It is the main location for my sculptures. Here they tell the continuing story of my career in sculpture.