Kain Tapper

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Kain Tapper in the early 1950s.

Kain Tapper (6 June 1930, in Saarijärvi – 17 August 2004) was a Finnish sculptor. He created works that are "remote", evoking things contemplated from a distance. Even when small, his pieces loom like menhirs, their massiveness imposing an inhuman scale.[1] He combined nature and natural phenomena, old folklore and modernism.[2] He epitomised the Informalist style in Finnish sculpture.[3] Tapper created a sculpture of Finnish poet Ilmari Kianto situated near Turja's Castle in Suomussalmi.[4]


  1. ^ A Universal Finn by Peter Schjeldahl. An essay on Tapper's work.
  2. ^ Finnish Culture (brief reference).
  3. ^ All that glitters in Helsinki thisisFINLAND
  4. ^ Biography of Ilmari Kianto (brief reference to Tapper's sculpture of Kianto).