Sculptures of Helsinki #5

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 ofContinue reading “Sculptures of Helsinki #5”

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’tContinue reading “Helsinki Ghost Town in Kruunuvuori”

Sculptures of Helsinki #4

  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 findContinue reading “Sculptures of Helsinki #4”

Sculptures of Helsinki #2 and #3

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 facadeContinue reading “Sculptures of Helsinki #2 and #3”

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 toContinue reading “Sculptures of Helsinki”

Beer Floating in Helsinki

It’s that time of year again when every rubber boat in Finland is bought and taken down to the river so many people can go beer floating through Helsinki for the afternoon. The following is a post I wrote a few years ago about the annual Beer Floating event that took place this weekend. The aim was to highlight that even thoughContinue reading “Beer Floating in Helsinki”