In 2020 the Serlachius Museums joined the project and produced their first tree seedling event outside the Serlachius Museum - Gustaf in Art Town Mänttä-Vilppula. The museum gave out spruce trees. Why spruce trees? Previously, a sulfite pulp mill used spruce wood as a raw material in Mänttä-Vilppula and it was a major water polluter.
By participating in the Million Trees to Finland project, people could symbolically return the spruce used to make pulp so that it can grow in nature. The exhibition at behind the Pulp Gate, which detailed the manufacturing of pulp in Mänttä-Vilppula was on display at the museum, at a time.
The history of the Serlachius Museums springs from a dream of Gösta Serlachius, in his opinion, art should not be a privilege of only those living in the capital city. Hence, there should also be museums in peripheral regions. Since then, Serlachius Museums have grown into one of Finland’s most important cultural institutions and tourist attractions
Main image: Olli Huttunen
Illustrations: Sanna Pelliccioni