Pekka Jylhä: Olen itä olen länsi, 1999 © Kuva: HAM / Hanna Kukorelli

I Am East I Am West

Pekka Jylhä

Have you ever felt like you are forced to live with two separate minds? For artist Pekka Jylhä (1955-), this feeling arises from growing up between two strong religious movements in Finland’s Ostrobothnia.

This work of environmental art is born from a life experience on the borders of two cultures. A two-headed gilt bird flies high in the sky (24 carats!), embodying a new chance to create an independent culture. This is an excellent picnic spot for diving into the big existential questions of life. May the force be with you.