Friday, July 25, 2014

Philatelic Photograph: Sibelius Monument - Helsinki, Finland

Sibelius Monument
Helsinki, Finland

GPS: N60° 10.910;  E024° 54.795

Short Description: 

The Sibelius Monument is located in Sibelius Park, north and west of the city center in Helsinki, Finland.

Long Description:

The Sibelius Monument is a major landmark of Helsinki and a must-see attraction for visitors to the city. It was constructed to honor the national composer of Finland, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), whose musical composition Finlandia inspired the nationalism that led to the formation of the modern Finland state.

The monument was funded by public subscription organized by the Sibelius Society. Eila Hiltunen's design was selected from among 50 entries. The artist produced an abstract design featuring a grouping of pipes resembling organ pipes produced by assistant metalworker Emil Kukkonen. Architect Juhani Kivikoski, set the piece on a rocky outcrop in a park setting.

The Sibelius Monument consists of ca. 600 textured and welded stainless steel tubes of various diameters. The work is 10.5 meters long, 6.5 meters deep and 8.5 meters high. It weighs 30 tons. The monument was unveiled on September 7, 1967.

The stamp was issued by Finland on May 3, 2002.

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