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Sibelius Monument, Helsinki, Finland

When artist Eila Hiltunen constructed the Sibelius Monument in 1967 with 600 steel tubes welded together, not everyone was an immediate fan. Some criticized the 24-ton piece as too abstract, especially for honoring the sculpture’s namesake, Jean Sibelius, who is regarded as the country’s greatest composer. To appease the masses, Hiltunen added a bust of Jean Sibelius which sits beside the sculpture. Today the Sebelius Monument is a beloved attraction in Helsinki, and Sibelius’ music remains a national treasure. The composer’s legacy is honored each year on December 8, his birthday, as the Day of Finnish Music.

The Sibelius Monument is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The monument is located at the Sibelius Park in the district of Töölö in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland.
Date completed: Sep 07, 1967