The Sibelius Monument was constructed in 1967 in honor of the famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). The Sibelius Monument consists of over 600 pipes welded together in a wave-like fashion. It took six years to complete the project. Among Sibelius’ most famous work  is Finlandia, a piece which takes up strong, turbulent music for the first six minutes representing Finland’s struggle with Russia, until the end when the traditional hymn, Be Still My Soul, calms the piece and the listener.

Finland is known for its long history in design, so we spent most of our time in Helsinki in the design district. It was fun looking at the current collection of some of the top Finnish design labels like marimekko, Artek, and Kalevala. I would have liked to buy a lamp, but everything in Helsinki is so expensive.

There were definitely a lot of glassmaker shops, but Nounou was my favorite… a simple and clean approach to art.