|pictures courtesy of Sophie Lepetit,|
from her weblog
October 22, 2021
October 08, 2021
market on a square near the church
all pictures courtesy of Vendée miniature
|town hall with a wedding|
|villagers drinking coffee at the café|
|the train passes the mill on the hill|
|women busy picking grapes|
|villagers around a house, |
including a woman with a spinning wheel
That accuracy can also be seen in the authentic clothing worn by the 650 models of the people who portray village life. Many of their activities take place outside in public area, but people can also be seen when they are indoors, as those scenes are lit up.
An attractive aspect of the collection of miniatures is that many parts of the arrangement can move, not only the train and the mills, but also all kinds of tools operated by workers and others
|villagers play boules|
October 02, 2021
|all pictures courtesy of Raija Kallioinen|
Indeed, the arboretum has been graced by dozens of wooden sculptures, mostly made with a chainsaw by non-professional artists.Thus, this arboretum can also be seen as an art environment in the capacity of a sculpture trail.
In the field of art environments in Europe there are only a few of such creations, with the most authentic site being the Sculpture Trail created by Frank Bruce in the Cairngorms National Park in Feshiebridge, Scotland.
The Arboretum Mustila is located in the community of Elimaki, some 115 km north-east of Helsinki. It was founded on the premises of a mansion named Mustila in 1902, mainly to see if exotic conifers could thrive in the Finnish climate.
Apparently the test was successful, because the Arboretum has now become a unique area, 120 hectares in size, richly filled with about 100 species of conifers and more than 200 deciduous trees.
In addition, there are many colorful flowering perennials, shrubs and also vines.
|August Eskelinen at the open evening in 2021|
this image and the next two show some
wooden sculptures created by Eskelinen
September 28, 2021
|this picture and the next one (2003)|
by Bruno Montpied, from his weblog
a view of the house in 2020
picture via streetview
September 17, 2021
pictures (April 2021) courtesy of
Marcus Obst from his website
September 10, 2021
this picture and the next five courtesy of
Sophie Lepetit, from her weblog
In 1921 the village was hit by a major fire. Many houses had to be repaired.
In 1977 a government decision was made to the effect that the decorated houses and buildings were designated as cultural heritage.
In this way 136 houses and buildings got a protected status and became part of the world's first folk architecture reserve.
In Čičmany two houses, which also function as a museum, can be visited.
The Radenov house, one of the best preserved houses, has a general exhibition. It's open all year.
The other one is the neighboring Gregorov house, which has an ethnographic exhibition on history and folklore of Čičmany and its surroundings.
The decorations that appear on the houses in Čičmany are quite original.
They can be seen in embroidery in costumes worn by residents, but also in images on tablecloths and other forms of textiles.
Inhabitants of the village focused for a while on making handkerchiefs decorated with motifs such as on the houses, later they also started making felt boots, with applications based on these motifs.
September 02, 2021
this photo and the next three (2004) by photographer Alan Hyza
|picture by Pavel Konečný|