Wäinö Aaltonen: Intellectual Work, Settler and Future

Wäinö Aaltonen: Henkinen työ, Raivaaja ja Tulevaisuus sarjasta Työ ja tulevaisuus (Intellectual Work, Settler and Future from the series Work and future)

The series Työ ja tulevaisuus (Work and future) by Wäinö Aaltonen (1894-1966) includes five sculptures designed for the Parliament chamber: Henkinen työ, Tulevaisuus, Raivaaja, Usko ja Sadonkorjaaja (Intellectual Work, Future, Settler, Faith and Harvester). These were the winning sculptures of a competition, and they represent the ideals of the people of a young nation.

This series of sculptures was cast in gilded plaster and erected in the Parliament chamber in 1932. The gilded sculptures were replaced with bronze moulds in 1968. At the same time, the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art got bronze moulds of three of the sculptures.

These three sculptures stand in front of the museum. Henkinen työ (Intellectual Work) represents the scientific and artistic efforts of a civilised state. Raivaaja (Settler) is looking into the forests of Finland, symbolising tillage for cultivation and residential use. Tulevaisuus (Future) highlights the importance of a new generation in the vitality of a nation.

The sculptures were erected in front of the museum in 1978 by the estate of Wäinö Aaltonen and the City of Turku.