Seven Steps to Save the Ocean is an environmental work of art that I designed as a commissioned work for Ranua Wildlife Park in Finnish Lapland, near the Arctic Circle. The work, situated in a park that specializes in arctic animals, speaks of the power of choices made by us, ordinary people, in our shared mission to fight climate change and protect our environment.

The work consists of a purpose built, about 140 meters long wooden pathway, that leads the visitor trough the ancient arctic landscape. Inside the landscape, seven texts speak of choices we can make in our everyday life to curb climate change and thus protect the Arctic nature.

The work is one of the biggest environmental artworks in Finland - the pathway alone measures 140 meters, and together with the sentences and the surrounding rocky landscape, the overall size of the work is approximately 150 x 100 meters.

The rocks covering the landscape are part of an ancient seashore, which was here about 9000 years ago. Linking the past of the arctic seas to their future, the work talks about how arctic areas are currently strongly affected by climate change - and the changes here are felt around the world trough rising sea levels.

There are seven short sentences in total, measuring 2 to 10 meters in width and 3 to 4,5 meters in height. Each big text in the landscape is accompanied by a small sign along the pathway, showing translations and short additional info on the subject in question. You can read all the texts from the original print files of these signs below! 

The arctic is at the centre of the question of climate change, and the work was opened on the year that Finland is holding the chairmanship for the Arctic Council. Arctic Council is "the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic." 

 Photo: Reino Hämeenniemi for Alma Media

Photo: Reino Hämeenniemi for Alma Media

The work was opened in Midsummer 2018 and is open year round. You can read more about the site of the artwork and how to visit it at Ranua Wildlife Park here.

P.S. I have previously written two blog posts during making the artwork - these can be accessed trough the links below: