The magic of the eyes (Koopa Galerii)

How mesmerizing animal sculptures! Look at their eyes, they are alive!

"Tuutu" by Ülle Sink

“Tuutu” by Ülle Sink

Estonian artist Ülle Sink and Aare Freimann have created these very unique ceramic artworks. I have visited their showroom Koopa Galerii twice and was glad to have a short chat with both artists.

During your next visit to Tallinn, Estonia, I strongly suggest you visit their art gallery at Toom-Kooli 13 on the western side of the Old Town.

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Artwork of Ülle Sink

Ülle Sink

Ülle Sink and “Artur”

 Artwork of Aare Freimann

Aare Freimann

Aare Freimann and “Waldemar”

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Entry to Koopa Galerii

Entry to Koopa Galerii

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Patarei Prison, Tallinn

Most of the tourists in Tallinn, Estonia will see only the Old Town. It’s fine but there is also more to see, if you just walk a couple of kilometers out of the city center.

Towards north west from the center, in Põhja-Tallinn (North Tallinn) is Patarei Prison.

The guard tower on the east side of Patarei Prison

The guard tower on the east side of Patarei Prison

The history of Patarei extends to early 1800’s. The construction of Patarei sea fortress started 1929 and was completed 1840. It was changed into barracks in 1867.  It acted as a prison from 1920 until 2002 when the last prisoner left the building, apparently alive as the last execution took place there on 11 September 1991, twenty days after the re-independence of Estonia.

Today Patarei is a culture park, opened on 2007. From May to September it is open for visitors, so I had to see it only outside – a good reason to visit it soon again.

Click any image to open the gallery.

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Whiplash remix

You’ve seen the movie Whiplash (three Oscars!) telling about young jazz drummer student? – Maybe you should. Maybe you should not. (I liked it.) – Trailer

But if you are a natural talent, you don’t need a demanding teacher. You just play by heart. ;)

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Kuinka tylsää olisi ollut ilman Spedeä!

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Pertti Spede Pasasen hauta Hietaniemen hautausmaalla Helsingissä.

Pertti Spede Pasanen täyttäisi tänään 85 vuotta, ellei olisi kuollut golfkierroksen aikana syyskuussa 2001.

Spede Show oli minulle kuten monelle muullekin suomalaiselle neljännesvuosisadan kestävä hupisuhde Spedeen. Tämän lisäksi minulla oli hänen kanssaan pikainen henkilökohtainen tapaaminen eteläsuomalaisella golfkentällä noin vuonna 2000.

Spede, tunnettu nopeudestaan monessa mielessä, pelasi ryhmämme jäljessä. Vaikka etenimme normaalia vauhtia, hän jo muutamien reikien jälkeen tuli kannoillemme ja ilmaisi halunsa ohittaa. Hän ei kunnolla odottanut (myönteistä) vastaustamme, kun jo kiisi ohitsemme.

Uusi keksintö taisi silloinkin olla tulollaan, ja silloinhan pitääkin olla kiire.

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Calling home

Tallinn, Estonia, near Balti jaam (main railway station), during early April.

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A farmhouse without the farmer

Farmhouse, no farmer.
Snow on the ground, no traces.
Summer comes, no crop.

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Easter Lambs

"... As little recks the herdsman of the hill,  Who on some turfy knoll, idly reclined,  Watches his wether flock; that deep beneath  Rest the remains of men, of whom is left  No traces in the records of mankind ..."

Beachy Head, England

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