Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Sibelius monument

The Finns are justly proud of Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957), their most famous composer, so there is a lovely monument to him there, made by sculptor Eila Hiltunen over a four-year period. It consists of about 600 stainless steel tubes, welded together to look rather like a hallucinatory pipe organ, each pipe beautifully textured. The overall effect is nearly organic, along the lines of a birch forest or the aurora borealis.

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