March 31, 2010

Aune Kinnunen, Sculpture garden

picture from the Wilmanet website (about Viitasaari)
not available anymore

Aune Kinnunen (1931-2021) lived and worked on a farm with a rather large, natural garden. located in the community of Viitasaari, Finland. After an active and especially creative life, in 2018 in her late 80s, she was included in a local home for the elderly. Aune Kinnunen passed away on November 16, 2021.

Life an works

In the 1960s Aune Kinnunen began decorating the garden with a variety of sculptures, some made of natural materials like the one above (what is it? kind of phantom from the woods or so?) and like the bear below on the slope of the small river.

picture by Minna Haveri 

Apart from natural materials she also worked with concrete, decorating the walls and the doors of the barns with white frescoes, and making sculptures, like the little fisherman along the waterside in the picture below.

picture from the Wilmanet website

The interior of the house has been decorated too, with smaller creations and with sculptures which give one the impression as if they belong to the family or just came along to pay a visit and say hello.


Aune Kinnunen's work was exposed on an exposition entitled l'Esprit de la Forêt (Spirit of the Forest) in the Paris Halle St Pierre (2006). This exhibition had works of some other non-professional artists from Finland too, as well as from artists from other countries.

She has also participated in expositions on outsider art in Finland and in the Annan Konst (Other Art) touring exposition (2009/2010).

* article in memory of Aune Kinnunen by Raija Kallioinen on the MSL website
* article by Elina Vuorimies and Raija Kallioinen on the ITE-taide website

first published March 2010, last revised November 2021

Aune Kinnunen
Sculpture garden
Viitasaari, Central Finland, Western and Central Finland


  1. Very beautiful work, and Thanks for sharing it!

    The previous posts as well.

    So many creative people, and not doing so for the money!!!!

    Hope all is well in your part of the World!


  2. I am glad to find this amazing post!! Thanks for the share!