• Savon Radan ryhmä organizes activities along the historical Savo line


Hiirola - homage to Knut Nylander - series of acrylic paintings by Marja de Jong

As part of the activities on SAVON-RADAN päivä it is interesting to see the meaning of the railway in the arts.
It will be interesting to see how artists living in old railway buildings are inspired by their impressive environment.

The Dutch artist Marja de Jong who works and lives in Hiirola railway station is working on a series about the model she lives in. The architect of that building is Knut Nylander and the series is called:
Hiirola - homage to Knut Nylander.
On her website it is possible to follow the grow of this series.

Over 40 railway stations are built after this design. Most of them are now private properties.


This series will be part of a special action to create a budget from which the arts program in rural schools can continue.
Also, the proceeds will benefit the creation of a digital curriculum on the Internet.
Click on the image at the left to enter the special page for our offer.

list of railway stations by Knut Nylander Oulu rautatieasema by Knut Nylander

The construction of railroads began in Finland in 1857 and the first track from Helsinki to Hämeenlinna was completed in 1862. The North-South railroads were ready in the early 1900s and the 1910s, the length of railway lines had nearly 4000 km.
Status of the areas of the buildings built in the 1860s, followed by the type of drawings. They are designed to railway-specific architects, all of which made the whole life's work on the railway. The only exception was the first track architect CA

Architect Knut Nylander started already Edelfelt doctrine, and then continued to the railways as a designer.
Bruno Granholm affected by the construction of the track power during the period from the 1890s to the 1920s. His work was continued by Thure Hällström and Jarl Ungern.

Railwaystation, so the main station buildings as more modest budgets of the building, were made of wood.
Only the locomotive stables and part of the water towers, as well as workshops for the buildings were made of brick. Exceptionally, brickwork station buildings were made in Helsinki, Vyborg and Tikkurila.
Brick & Technology station buildings pieces were again in the 1910s.

Railway Buildings known for good design, high quality and good construction material and artisanship.
Status of the areas can be found in a wide variety of buildings. The station buildings and goods related to the underlying transport management, locomotive stables, water towers, pump rooms to be related to the maintenance of machines and workers built the different types of residential buildings: the station master of the house, the planner house, double sitting room, living barracks.
They all belonged to the outer portion of the building or your own barn, shed, shed, basement and toilet.

Source Museovirasto (in Finnish) PDF - Rautatierakennukset

Below two of the paintings in the series Hiirola - homage to Knut Nylander - click on the image to see the whole series on her website.

Hiirola homage to Knut Nylander Hiirola homage to Knut Nylander
Hiirola - homage to Knut Nylander 15-3-2015 2
acrylic on cardboard on plywood - 20x20 cm
© 2015 marjadejong
Hiirola - homage to Knut Nylander 8-3-2015
acrylic on cardboard on plywood - 20x20 cm
© 2015 marjadejong


Information in Finnish about the Savo railway can be found on the website of Miikeli.


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