Ukri Merikanto

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Ukri Uolevi Merikanto (March 20, 1950, Helsinki – July 25, 2010, Helsinki) was a Finnish sculptor.

Ukri Merikanto was born on March 20, 1950 in Helsinki, Finland. Merikanto studied art and design at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki from 1968 to 1971. From 1974 until 1979 Merikanto was employed as a teacher at the Academy, where he molded plastic designs. In most of Merikanto's works, he used stone as the material. He was a key name in Finnish modernist art. His three-dimensional works address issues such as the relationship between weight and weightlessness.

Some of Merikanto's notable works include:

  • Teräspursi (1981–1982)
  • Barcarola (1991)
  • Sisääntulo (1994)
  • Lintukoto (1999)
  • Kaukomieli (2000)
  • Con amore (2000)

Merikanto died on July 25, 2010 in Helsinki. He is buried within the Hietaniemi Cemetery beside his father, Aarre Merikanto and his grandfather, Oskar Merikanto.

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