"Ultima Thule" by Tapio Wirkkala, Finnish artist

"Perhaps one of the most beautiful sculptures exhibited at Expo 67 was a piece created by Finnish artist Tapio Wirkkala displayed at the Scandinavian pavilion. Taking over two years to create, Wirkkala's 'Ultima Thule' was commissioned by the government of Finland especially for the world's fair. 'Ultima Thule' is a 30' by 14' wooden wall sculpture comprised of 100 layers of birch veneer that was hand carved into a relief inspired by how nature erodes and sculpts the landscape. Wirkkala always referred to the piece as simply 'the Montréal table'. A stunning sculpture and part of permanent collection of the Espoon Museum of Modern Art in Finland." - quote sourced from D.C. Hillier. 

For a larger view illustrating the fine details of this sculpture, click here.