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(me'11) Helsinki – kolme seppää, the three smiths  [130°]

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"Kolme seppää" (three smiths)  (1932)
Neoclassicism sculputure by Felix Nylund (1878 - 1940)
The statue is cast in bronze and its pedestal is red granite.
It is one of the most famous monuments of the city of Helsinki. The model for the master smith was Paavo Koskinen, a brick layer. The facial features are from the poet Arvid Mörne. The smith raising the hammer is a self-portrait of the young Felix Nylund, while the third smith was modelled on the stone cutter Aku Nuutinen, an important assistant of Felix Nylund's.

All of this three men were working tirelessly on the fate of Helsinki. The "Three Smiths" has been interpreted to symbolize, for instance, human labour and cooperation between people.

Denkmal Die drei Schmiede, 1932
Bronzedenkmal auf Granitsockel von Felix Nylund (1878 - 1940), der sein Gesicht dem Schmied gab, der den Hammer hebt. Der Meisterschmied entstand nach dem Vorbild des Maurers Paavo Koskinen, trägt jedoch das Gesicht des Schriftstellers Arvid Mörne; Vorbild für den dritten Schmied war Aku Nuutinen, Steinmetz und Assistent Nylunds.

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