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Lasse Lecklin: The Most Beautiful Nuclear Power Plants in Europe

Lasse Lecklin: Torness, United Kingdom. (2015)

Lasse Lecklin: Torness, United Kingdom. (2015)

MUU Gallery
7.10. – 6.11.2016


This photo series examines power stations in the landscape from an aesthetic point of view. The main standpoint is the relationship between human and nature. The contrast between beautiful scenery and the pompous absurdity of power plant architecture rising from the landscape creates both visible tension and industrial romanticism within the photographs.

Due to the risks, the power plants are not built in direct contact with large centres of population but within a so-called compromise distance. In densely populated Europe this means that the plants are located in scenic and idyllic sites in inhabited and farmed rural areas. For security purposes, there should be no permanent habitation in the close proximity of the plants, yet often there is a natural park or a nature reserve nearby. For the people living in the vicinity, the plants have become invisible, but for visitors the plant is absurdly visible – often a surprising or fascinating sight sticking out of the environment.

The prevention of climate change forces us to search for new ways to produce energy with as little carbon dioxide emissions as possible. In Finland the third reactor at Olkiluoto nuclear power plant has been under construction for 11 years now and there are plans for constructing a new station. Germany, for instance, has decided to end the use of nuclear power by the year 2022, and Spain and Italy have discontinued construction of several plants due to political and environmental controversy. As other countries seem to abandon the atomic era, Finland, France and Slovakia are currently the only European countries to construct more nuclear power plants.

Lasse Lecklin and journalist Antti Kiuru have visited several nuclear power plants in Europe, both together and separately. The texts in the exhibition that offer background information on the power plants were written by Kiuru. Lecklin and Kiuru are preparing a book on the subject.

Lasse Lecklin is a Helsinki-based photographer. He has an MFA from Aalto University. His artistic work centres on the built landscape and the relationship between humanity and nature. The Most Beautiful Nuclear Power Plants in Europe in MUU Gallery is the first time this work is on show in Helsinki. The last time it was presented at Somerset House in London.

Antti Kiuru is a Helsinki-based journalist. He has studied aesthetics at the University of Helsinki and has worked in many difference capacities in many media outlets.

The production of this project is generously supported by Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Patricia Seppälä Foundation, and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment.