Garden Utopia

The story of Europe's largest zinc mine in western Finland lasted for forty years, providing jobs for a whole generation. Finland is currently experiencing a mining boom; this is a tale of the last time that happened. It’s also the story of one of the last real tycoons, who built an entire village around their factory complete with homes, schools, and health care services. Today, not much remains.




Sakari Piippo (b. 1981) is a documentary photographer based in Helsinki, Finland.

He has his master's degree in Visual Journalism from the University of Tampere, and has also studied Visual Storytelling at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
His first book Eräitä huomioita Suomen poliittisesta järjestelmästä was released by Kosmos on September 2019.

Piippo concentrates in his work on building archives to serve as meeting places for utopian imaginations, enabling viewers to think and feel in new ways.

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