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The iconic Finnish glassware, iittala, is 100 years old. They have turned blue to celebrate.

The window in Esplanadi looked amazing when I wandered past.

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Here’s to the next 100 years.

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I really like this relief on the side of the Jorma Jarvi building beside the harbour. Jarvi was a well known Finnish architect.

The plaque beside the relief says

Meritullin Seurakuntatalo Sjotullsgarden.

1951

Jorma Jarvi.

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I don’t know whether the relief is designed by Jarvi, or just the building. Perhaps someone out there knows.

A kind reader has pointed out that the tile relief is by Carl Wilhelms (1889 – 1953)  The subject of the work is from the New Testament, chapter 5, verse 1, of Luke where Jesus calls upon Peter and the other disciples. In the passage Jesus is teaching from the boat of a fisherman named Peter. After finishing he tells Peter to row the boat to deep water and cast his nets. Peter replies that he has been fishing all night with no catch. Yet he does what Jesus asks of him and receivs a miraculous draught of fish.

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The latest addition to the harbour is bound to be a bit controversial. Tommi Toija’s 8 metre concrete sculpture now stands proudly beside the sea.

The tall boy is not especially handsome.

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He is naked.

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..and he is peeing into the harbour.

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I’m sure lots of boys have done this; it is time they were recognised for their efforts.

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At Ateneum, the Helsinki art museum, there is a major centenary exhibition presenting Tove Jansson’s career as an artist, illustrator, political caricaturist, author and creator of the Moomin characters and stories.

The building itself was completed in 1887 and the Finnish Art Society’s collections were first exhibited in 1888. Ateneum’s collections display Finnish art from the Gustavian period of the mid-18th century to the modernist movements of the 1950s. The is also a collection of international art, featuring works by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gaugin, Paul Cezanne, Fernand Leger and Marc Chagall.

It is quite an impressive building.

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I wasn’t the only one waiting to get in.

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Photographs were not allowed in the exhibition of the work of Tove Jansson. This is a photo of one of her Moomin illustrations from a postcard.

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The exhibition has lots of her illustration work and it is wonderful. I particularly liked the models that she created. You will have to go along to the gallery to see them.

She also did lots of self portraits. This one was on a poster outside the museum.

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I think she was a bit hard on herself here. There were lots of photographs taken throughout her life in the exhibition and she was quite lovely.

Tove Jansson was prolific and the exhibition is extensive. Allow yourself plenty of time to see it.

The Ateneum’s permanent collection is on the ground floor and photographs are allowed there. My favourite painting was the Wounded Angel. A good friend had suggested I look for it and I found it immediately. I am not the only one who liked Hugo Simberg’s painting completed in 1903. In 2007 it was voted the most popular painting in the Ateneum.

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Another popular work is the tryptich inspired by the Kalevala.

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Here is a small selection of the works on the ground floor.

The Tove Jansson exhibition is on until 7th September.

www.ateneum.fi/en

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There is a lovely sculpture of a mare and her foal in a little park in Unioninkatu. It is called “A mother’s love”

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The giant pike looked wonderful on my early morning walk through Helsinki.

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Click here to see more on Laulupuut, the Giant Pike in front of the Music Centre.

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There is a solitary man sitting forlornly in a corner in Yliopistonkatu. I couldn’t find any information about him.

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When I passed him the next day someone had given him flowers.

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Somebody loves him.

Thank you to Viveka from My Guilty Pleasures. I now know he is called “Man drinking himself drunk consciously” by Topi Aikas.

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