They seem sort of alive.
The artist studied sculpture at Hamburg'Hochschule für Bildende Künste. I confess to not knowing what that translates to. I also confess to being too lazy to go to "Google translate" to find out. Suffice it to say he worked with minimalist artist Ulrich Rückriem while there. He later taught at the school himself and has taught at other schools as well.
The Galerie Forsblom website has more on the specifics of the theory behind Balkenhol but for many the aesthetic beauty of the pieces may be enough. The Galerie is in Finland (it has to be because that is also where Helsinki is). They recently moved (2011) to a new space designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects out of New York. They hold around ten exhibitions a year in the two spaces in the gallery. These range from international artists to up and coming Finnish talents.