The Silent People

The Silent People is an amazing but a bit bizarre looking art work on a field on Highway 5 about 25 km. north of the town of Suomussalmi, Finland. It consists of about 1200 scarecrow like figures wearing colourful clothes with their heads made of peat. The clothes of these scarecrows are changed twice a year using the clothes collected from donation. Reportedly some visitors to the location occasionally exchange their dresses with those of the scare crow figures. No one knows the idea behind the Silent People. The artist, Reijo Kela, refuses to provide any answer and says that each viewer is free to make his/her own conclusions. (More information and photos in my Blog; Travelogue Of An Armchair Traveller).