2018 Documentary Finland/Germany currently in production for television release.

Director: Wilma Pradetto and Ulrike Neubecker
Audio: Pascal Capitolin
Format: STEREO
Running Time: N/A
Production: Berlin Producers

One of Helsinki's landmarks, the monument to honour national composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was the result of a public fundraising campaign and a two-stage competition in 1961-62.

At all stages, the project stirred an unprecedented public debate, as the entire Finnish population seemed to be divided into two camps, the conformists urging for a figurative solution, and the modernists accepting an abstraction as well. Finland's first abstract public monument, Eila Hiltunen's copper fountain outside the Bank of Finland, had been unveiled in 1961.