Beyond the Polka Dots

Sculptures of Helsinki

Sculptures of Helsinki #12

Fact and Fable is a memorial for the author Zacharias Topelius. The statue consists of two female figures, ‘Fact’ holds the flame of truth on her open palm while ‘Fable’ has a bird resting on her fingers. There was much debate at the time which lead to another memorial for Topelius being commissioned.

Surrounding the statue is the temporary art exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

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

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