Oulu is the largest city Northern Finland. In fact, except for a few cities in Russia, it is the most northerly major city in the world. It has a well respected university and is a technological hub. It is located on the Gulf of Bothnia.
Our first morning, B and I wandered around the city. Our hotel was on the water next to the Kauppahalli, a market with produce, craft and food stalls both in an enclosed hall and in tents in a large square. We browsed the stalls and then walked down to the shore.
|One of the many canals|
|Old granaries on the waterfront|
It just happened to be the Finnish Armed Forces Flag Day. While in the market we watched the air show. And the poor policeman got buzzed by the jets.
After the parade, we walked through the Hupisaaret park to the Oulu Museum of Art.
And approached the museum from the back. The museum itself is a converted glue factory, with a late 20th century postmodernist extension on the rear. You can see a little of the addition on the left of this picture:
|The OMA, or Taidemuseo|
I've already written about my part in the exhibit, but here are pictures of two of the other galleries. You can see art by Joe Cunningham, Carolyn Mazloomi, Dinah Sergeant, Linda Levin, Judith Larzerlere, Paula Nadelstern and Jane Burch Cochran.
On Saturday, Anna-Riikka, Elina and Vuokko took us on an excursion to see a little of the Northern Finnish countryside. Our first stop was the Kierikki Stone Age Centre, an archeological site dating back 5,000 to 6,000 years ago. There was a museum and some reconstructed dwellings, as well as a glimpse of several archeological dig sites.
The second stop was Turkansaari Open Air Museum. An historical village, with a church and vicarage dating from the 17th century. The church is still in use. I love the two adornments -- the cross on one end of the roof and the rooster on the other.
|The largest gallery|
Two pieces by Joe in the front gallery
Judith and I shared a gallery. This is Jude during the press conference:
|Looking West from the tower|
|Brian the stone age man|
|Windmill at Turkansaari|
After the excursion, we had to say goodbye to our hosts, Elina Vieru, Anna-Riika Hirvonen and Vuokko Isaksson.