The forest was also a sphere for the imagination, peopled by the creatures of fairytale, fable, myth and superstition. The forest was a sub-conscious sector of the Finnish mind, in which feelings of both safety and peace, and fear and danger lay. The same symbolic and unconscious implications continue to liven in our minds. The memory of the protective embrace of woods and trees lies deep in our collective soul, even this generation.
— Juhani Pallasmaa: The Language of Wood