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News, 10/7/2013

Bronzed, but not by the sun: the Helsinki Statues

Photo: Emilia KangasluomaHelsinki, Finland, Finnish, Alexander II, Walter Runberg, Robert Stigell, Ilmarinen, Väinämöinen, Kalevala, Walter Runeberg, Mannerheim, Aimo Tukiainen, P. E. Svinhufvud, Wäinö Aaltonen, K. J. Ståhlberg, Eino Leino, Lauri Leppänen, Felix Nylund, Ville Vallgren, Havis Amada, Aleksis Kivi The mermaid Havis Amanda depicts a young maiden, symbolizes the birth of Helsinki.

Despite the rumours, Finns are not cold and stone faced, yet we can’t deny the most famed Finns fill that description. Formed from bronze, stone and cement is Finland's most influential people and the most beloved artists commemorated in statues, many of which are found in the centre of Helsinki. The statues themselves are works of art, also serve to remind onlookers of Finnish history, and introduce it to newcomers.

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Updated 10/7/2013


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