Jussi TwoSeven

I first came across the artist Jussi TwoSeven earlier in the year but at the time I didn’t know it yet. I was directed to an area in northern Helsinki to see a piece of street art, a large owl hidden under an underpass of no particular relevance.

Jussi TwoSeven

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I recently created a Facebook page for my photography and as the profile image I set the owl graffiti I had come to admire, it was then that a friend told me who the artist was and I found out Jussi TwoSeven had other pieces in the neighboring city of Espoo.

The first stop was near the Leppävaara train station, a long underpass that ran under the train tracks east of the station. On one side there are five large eagle heads all facing in different directions, each different from the last, the piece is titled KRAA. On the other side Jussi TwoSeven’s name spelled out phonetically.

Jussi TwoSeven

Jussi TwoSeven

Jussi TwoSeven

My next stop was in Espoo, I was looking for ROAR!, and it was slightly harder to find and a little out of the way. This time it was on a short underpass that went under a busy road, five bear heads in a similar layout to KRAA. ROAR! featured a colourful girl sitting atop one of the heads, at this point I am unsure of her relevance but i would guess it was the artists daughter.

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Jussi TwoSeven at Gallery Heino

As luck may have it Jussi TwoSeven was having an exhibit in Helsinki at Gallery Heino that very week and continuing until the end of the month. I decided to stop by and admire his work all in one place plus a few new pieces that I hadn’t seen before.

Using a stencil technique Jussi TwoSeven is able to recreate his public work in the gallery on canvas with striking similarity. His inspiration comes from the wild nature of Finnish fauna which is evident in his work.

Art work by Jussi TwoSeven

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Sculptures of Helsinki #5

Sculptures of Helsinki

Helsinki Central Railway Station

Helsinki’s Central Railway Station was designed by architect Eliel Saarinen but today’s Sculpture of Helsinki, the ‘Lantern Carriers‘, were designed by Emil Wikström. The building is considered to be an excellent example of National Romanticism and is often featured in lists of the World’s Most Beautiful Railway Stations.

You can find almost 500 outdoor sculptures, pieces of environmental art and historical monuments in Helsinki and they are accessible to everyone. See more and search through the database at HAMhelsinki.fi

Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori

Helsinki Ghost Town is far from the tourist trail but well worth a visit. To get there I would suggest going by bike, it’s a great ride connected by cycle paths all the way from the city. It is possible to get there by public transport, metro to Herttoniemi and then a bus, I won’t tell you the exact one as finding your own way only adds to the intrigue. Though, a quick search of Helsinki Ghost Town or Kruunuvuori will help you find the answers you need.

Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori

Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori

Once you arrive in the general area in Kruunuvuori it can be a bit of a hunt through the woods, especially in summer when the leaves hide almost everything, before you will find your first villa. Once you do more will start to appear, many houses that had once been lived in but long since abandoned to slowly decay and in some cases collapse.

Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori  Some of the villas are in much better condition than others, it is even possible to venture inside and, for the bravest of explorers, upstairs but proceed which caution. There are a few that have sustained far more damage and can only be admired from the outside.

Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori

Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori

There is another reason to visit Helsinki’s Ghost Town a part from the abandon villas,  and that is the excellent views of Helsinki that can be enjoyed by the water.  You can see a large amount of the city from here and out to Suomenlinna and Vallisaari, in my opinion the view is one of the best you can get of Helsinki.

Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori

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Sculptures of Helsinki #4

 

Sculptures of Helsinki

National Museum, Helsinki

The sculptor of ‘The Bear‘ Emil Wikström is known for creating national symbols and icons out of Finland’s native animals and plants, this statue was a cooperation with three other artists. The bear was unveiled on the steps of the National Museum in 1918, currently the tower of the museum is under construction.

You can find almost 500 outdoor sculptures, pieces of environmental art and historical monuments in Helsinki and they are accessible to everyone. See more and search through the database at HAMhelsinki.fi

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Sculptures of Helsinki #2 and #3

Sculptures of Helsinki

Ateneum Museum, Helsinki

On the HAM sculpture database Ateneum is listed twice. Firstly. for the heads of three great masters of art, Bramante, Phidias and Raphael above the entrance, Then the other is for the facade itself, and in particularly, the four female figures supporting the roof.  Interestingly, the building was designed by architect Theodor Höijer but the facade was decorated by sculptures Ville Vallgren and Magnus von Wright. The inscription on the front of the building reads “Concordia res parvae crescunt” meaning small things grow in harmony. Ateneum was completed in 1887.

You can find almost 500 outdoor sculptures, pieces of environmental art and historical monuments in Helsinki and they are accessible to everyone. See more and search through the database at HAMhelsinki.fi