The Sibelius Monument, Helsinki

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    An excellent monument

    by Marpessa Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This monument was created to honour the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). The designer of the monument was Eila Hiltunen. This monument (called 'Passio Musicae') was one of the first abstract monuments in Finland.

    The monument lies in the middle of a beautiful green park, and the good thing about this monument is that it is open to interpretation. Is it a tree? Is it an organ? Is it the northern lights? You can also walk under the monument, so you can view it from any angle you wish.

    Next to the monument is the face of Sibelius, this was supposed to add a 'figurative' element to the abstract art (as a way to appease the public who felt that a monument for Sibelius should have his face on it).

    If you're in Helsinki take the time to go and see this monument, it is very interesting

    Address: Sibelius Park, between Merikannontie and Mechelininkatu

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    The Sibelius Monument

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, is remembered with this monument set in Sibelius Park in the Töölö district of Helsinki. It was finished in 1967 amid some controversey for being non-figurative.

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    by call_me_rhia Updated Aug 28, 2010

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    Outside Helsinki's city centre, you can visit Sibelius monument, located in Sibelius Park (Sibeliuspuisto). It is dedicated to Jean Sibelius, a well-known Finnish composer (1865 –1957). The monument is rather bizarre but, in my opinion at least, very charming. It was designed by the Finish artist design by Eila Hiltunen. It’s a work of art of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern: the sound reverberating through the pipes is amazing.

    However not everyone was impressed by this monument, in particular because they deemed it too abstract – after much debating it was decided that it had to have a more traditional part. Thus an effigy of Sibelius was added nearby. To get there take bus number 24.

    A curiosity: before the introduction of the euro, the Finnish 100 mark bill featured his image.

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    The Sibelius Monument

    by gordonilla Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    in memory of Sibelius

    The monument was not that easy to find I seem to remember; but I was not really looking for it. It sort of sneaked up on me. It looks pretty funky in the snow!

    The sculpture was created by artist, Eila Hiltunen in 1967 to honour Finland's most famous composer, Jean Sibelius.

    The organ like cluster of pipes is said to represent the forest.

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    by Gili_S Updated Jan 27, 2004

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    Sibelius

    The Sibelius monument is at the Sibelius park in the west of the city. This region is very nice to walk around especially in the summer, after exploring the park you can go down to the water line, there are few cafes and restaurants where you can dine as well.

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    by sabsi Updated Nov 5, 2003

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    Sibelius Monument

    Jean Sibelius ("Finlandia") is probably the most famous Finnish composer. It took me a while to see Eila Hiltunen's Sibelius Monument though - so I guess this is "off the beaten path" even though a lot of sightseeing busses stop here, eh?

    I love the design of the monument, with its 600 steel pipes it looks like a giant silver organ. You can take lots of great pictures here. The people of Helsinki, however, didn't like it when it was finished in 1967 so a bust was added to show the connection to Sibelius.

    You will find Sibelius Monument in Sibeliuksen Puisto (Sibelius Park) in the west of the city (Töölö).

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    Sibilius Monument

    by 10110 Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    Sibilius Monument

    This sculpture was built in honour of Jean Sibelius, Finland's most famous composer. Hundreds of steel pipes were used and then welded together as one whole structure.

    Located in Sibelius Park, Mechelininkatu.

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    Sibelius Monument

    by Bjorgvin Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Sibelius Muistomerki.

    Sibelius Monument (Sibelius Muistomerki). Take a taxi or bus to reach this monument, which is located in Sibelius Park, not far from the Olympic Rowing Stadium. A tribute to Finland's finest composer, Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), this stainless steel sculpture by Eila Hiltunen is a mass of pipes, and suggests an enormous cluster of silvery icicles. When the work was unveiled in 1967, Hiltunen insisted that it was simply a visualization of music, not of any particular instrument (organ pipes?). The composer's head is in relief on one side.

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    The Sibelius Monument from the inside!

    by gordonilla Written Jan 29, 2005

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    from the inside

    The image is taken from the inside of the monument, it was unusual as the wind was blowing through the tubes themselves.

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    State of the Art...

    by ahoerner Written May 25, 2004

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    Sibelius Monument

    Simple and Beautiful example of how inventive can the finns be.

    One of the most beautiful squares in Helsinki...

    Do not miss it...

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  • Sibelius park and monument

    by MartinaH Updated Jan 29, 2004

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    Sibelius Monument

    The Sibelius park is named after Finland's greatest composer Jean Sibelius.

    It's a nice place to relax and not very touristic.

    The address:

    Mechelininkatu 38
    Helsinki

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