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The Sibelius Monument Tips (10)

The Sibelius Monument 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.

There are pipes of varying diameters, so they make an interesting collection - they have different edges and cuts so they have worn at different speeds and have reacted differently.

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Jan 25, 2015

The Sibelius Monument

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.

gordonilla's Profile Photo
Jan 25, 2015

An excellent monument

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

Marpessa's Profile Photo
Apr 04, 2011

The Sibelius Monument

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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Apr 04, 2011
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Sibelius Monument

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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Aug 28, 2010

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).

Nov 05, 2003

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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Mar 12, 2003

Sibelius Monument

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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Aug 24, 2002

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Sibelius park and 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

Jan 29, 2004

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