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Sculptures of Helsinki

Sculptures of Helsinki #13

Kullervo Addresses His Sword can be found in the grounds of the winter garden since 1967 after being moved from Hesperia park where it first stood. The statue was designed by Swedish born sculptor Carl Eneas Sjöstrand, who was considered the founder of Finnish sculpture as he played a large part in its promotion during the 1850s and 60s. Sjöstrand Made many works relating to the Kalevala, Finland’s national epic, and it’s characters.

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.

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

Sculptures of Helsinki

I have always enjoyed seeing the variety of art as I walk around Helsinki, be it a statue, mural or sculpture, they often have a story to tell or a place in history, sometimes both. Since Helsinki Museum launched a new sculpture database my interest has increased and I have set out on a mission to explore these works and their meaning.

I hope with each work I visit I am able to develop my photography as well and use different techniques as I go. Follow me as I continued to discover art on the streets of Helsinki and hopefully create some art of my own.

Sculptures of Helsinki

Maternal Love, Helsinki

Created by sculpture Emil Cedercreutz, Maternal Love was offered to Helsinki in 1927 and took up its place on the corner of Unioninkatu in 1930, where it still stands today. Cedercreutz often sculpted horses and it is said that General Mannerheim once said, “Anyone can sculpt me but only Emil Cedercreutz can sculpt a horse underneath me”.

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.

Summer Skiing

Summer Skiing

Every now and then I stumbled across a place that I had photographed during the winter and I am often surprised how much it has changed. The statue of the skier outside the Levi Ski resort is another example. No longer is he at home in the snow but surrounded by blossoming flowers and the growth of summer.

Why not take a look at another of my winter and summer comparisons in Lapland By the River.

Summer Skiing

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