Passio Musicae – The Sibelius Monument in Helsinki

Passio Musicae – The Sibelius Monument in Helsinki

The monument by Eila Hiltunen is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The sculpture by Finnish artist was unveiled on September, 1967. The sculpture won a competition, organised by the Sibelius Society, following the composer’s death in 1957.

Although Eila Hiltunen was declared the winner, only after moths of heated public debate was she commissioned to realize her project. The Monument Committee requested the addition of a figurative element to satisfy the public / Image: thegate.boardingarea.com

During the summer, the Monument was assembled in the Sibelius Park from 14 elements. The main part of the Sibelius Monument consists of approx. 600 acid-proof stainless steel tubes of various diameters, welded together individually and hand-textured by Eila Hiltunen. While several specialists were consulted on metallurgy, structural calculations and welding methods, the physical accomplishment of this structure, which measures 10.5 (length) by 6.5 (depth) by 8.5 (height) metres and weighs 30 tons, is the work of two people, Eila Hiltunen and assistant-metalworker Emil Kukkonen.


Featured Image: Sibelius Monument / Image: wallacetravelphotography.com

Websites: eilahiltunen.net, hamhelsinki.fi



 

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