There is no doubt this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki. You will more than likely be sharing your experience with hundreds of others.
All the tourist busses stop here as well as the Hop-on-hop-off busses as well as the Panorama bus. You just have to be patient and wait your turn for a good picture.
This monument of six hundred stainless-steel pipes came to be in 1967. The famous artist, Eila Hiltunen, won the design award to build this 24 ton, nearly thirty-foot-high monument for Finland’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius, who died in 1957.
You may notice the bust of Sibelius on the side of the granite. Some critics felt the tubular cylinders looked like an organ, which had little relationship with the composer. Thus, the bust was added to appease the doubters.
I highly recommend going up to the tubes and looking upwards. On a beautiful day, the blue sky does make an interesting contrast with the steel. Some say when the wind blows, you can actually hear the tubes sing.
There are bathrooms at this popular attraction. Hopefully, the lights were fixed as it presented logistical problems for those that wanted to use the facilities.
We actually found visiting this monument, even with all the people, fun.
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