Continuing on our tour of the City, we traveled through Sibelius Park in the northwest quadrant of Helsinki, stopping at the monument dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
The monument, unveiled on September 7, 1967, originally created a debate about the merits and flaws of abstract art; as a result, an effigy of Sibelius was included in the work. The sculpture consists of a series of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern. The purpose of the artist was to capture the essence of the music of Sibelius, one of his more famous compositions being Finlandia in 1889 and my favorite, the Finlandia Hymn. The monument weighs about 24 tons and measures 8.5 × 10.5 × 6.5 meters.