Sibelius Park, located in the district of Töölö in Helsinki, houses one of Helsinki’s top attractions – the Sibelius monument. Jean Sibelius is one of Finland’s famous composers, who died in 1957 at the age of 91 years old. A competition was held after decision was made to commemorate the composer with a monument.
Eventually when the winner, Eila Hiltunen was chosen out of 50 sculptors, it sparked public debate because of her extraordinary design. She took 4 years to construct the monument, which is a collection of about 600 stainless steel tubes wielded together to resemble organ pipes.
Full-size elements of the Monument, which were originally material and technique studies, stand outside the UN Palace in New York and in Montreal. A 1:5 scale replica is also found at the UNESCO Palace in Paris. It was said that the hollow tubes of varying lengths can produce pleasant music when the wind blows, in a way reminding visitors of this national composer. 🙂
A mini symphony band of 3 from the Sibelius Academy was performing in the park when we were there. Coupled with the sunny yet windy weather, guess it is a great park for one to relax. No wonder we spotted several locals sun-tanning on the grass too! 😉