Art City Helsinki
Walking around Helsinki it is hard not to be constantly taken aback by the numerous sculptures that fill up the city, as though the whole place was designed as one giant piece of art. Now, I don’t know anything about art, and a lot of the time I don’t even like or appreciate it for what it is. But in Helsinki? I couldn’t help it, even more so because the range was so diverse.
Straight off the ferry I was met with Tommi Toija’s “Bad Bad Boy” sculpture, an 8.5metre boy peeing. I kid you not. Even though I had been warned of its existence in advance, I was still surprised to see it casually relieving itself in the middle of the harbour!
From there on it was constant. Every corner I turned there was another sculpture; each so uniquely different it was hard to believe they were all in the same place. While they all had a decidedly contemporary feel, they didn’t have the brash effect on the surrounding older architecture that sometimes makes modern sculptures seem totally obscure and out of place. They seemed to fit in naturally. So much so that for the art haters out there, I think they would barely notice them.