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Weird Pieces of Urban Art in Helsinki

March 9, 2014
July 19, 2014

Helsinki isn't as boring as I was told it would be.
They seem to struggle to make every day life less dreary by spicing up the streets with art. No, I'm not referring to that "street art" fashion (like graffitis), but specifically-created art pieces positioned here and there...

I can't help mentioning that there's something very weird, unusual, weird about Finnish modern art.
Art can be found even in less usual parts of the city...

Kamppi metro entrance

Kamppi metro station entrance, inside the shopping center with the same name.
Escalators can be accessed on the other (open) side of the yellow "hump".

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In the beginning, I imagined Helsinki as a "simplist Scandinavian"-type city, but it was a lot more diverse than I previously thought it would be.

Mikael Agricola Church

It's the "flying chicken-horse jet saddle"! In my opinion...

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There's quite an abundance of these "art pieces" in the Finnish capital. And they indeed make street wandering more interesting. Especially in the central area.

Some of these artistical creation were quite captivating and as an "art addict", I couldn't help watching them for long minues...

For instance, the one on the left has stopped me for a while wondering what it represents.

Perhaps it's just another abstract vision of a "mad artist" (in the good sense!).

But if it were an object, I reckon it would be some sort of a flying machine...
I called it the "flying chicken-horse jet saddle".

By the way, the most famous artistic monument in Helsinki is the Sibelius Monument, dedicated to Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.
It consists of over 600 steel pipes welded together. The entire complex weighs over 24 tonnes.

You'll find it in the Sibelius Park, which I had to skip during this short trip. Hey, it was a business trip and not leisure, by the way...

I didn't go hunting for urban art at all. I came across all these by accident.

Here are several more photos below to get a taste of Helsinki's urban art...

Wicked urban art

Wicked rocks in the middle of the pavement

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Concrete truffles

Concrete truffles that grow out of the street!

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Urban art statue in Helsinki

At first I thought "it's a tree", nope, it's more like a crown on someone's head or even: hair! And it's alive!

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Twisted iron

This reminds me of my instant noodles

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Dog walking area

Specially built dog walking area. Surrounded by fences...
The art here is the grey dog statue on the left.

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Building decoration

Building decoration on an old house. Reminded me of those gothic gargoyles...

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Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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