I decided to study the public art in Haaga area, since I feel it tells a lot of the community in the area, their values, ideals, structure and events of the history.
There are eight pieces of public art in Haaga area, all of them sculptures or traditional style memorials. This indicates a traditional approach to art, to environment, its use and aesthetics. Which also might tell something about the appreaciation of the traditions and history of the area by the inhabitants.
The oldest piece is from 1918, the following ones are from 1947, 1966, 1969 and 1977, two from the 1980s (1985 and 1986) and the most recent one from 2007. I would link the decrease of putting up the statues to the transformation of overall lifetyle from collective and homogenious to more idividual and detached. However, the most interesting ones in this case would be the pieces between 1910s-1960s.
The oldest piece of public art in the area is the memorial of Kurt Seibt and Arthur Beukert, two young German soliders who died 11.4.1918 in a battle linked to the Finnish civil war. The statue is put up as a sign of gratitude towards them.
The memorial of Kurt Seibt and Arthur Beukert (1918). Intersection of Lapinmäentie and Korppaantie.
The sculpture from 1947 is a memorial of the Finland-Russia wars between 1939-1944. It is highly patriotic and nationalistic in its realistic expression of a traditional hero theme.
The Haaga hero statue (1947). Haaga Sankaripuisto.
The two pieces from the 1960s are both memorials for local notable persons, both from the religious tradition. First piece (1966) is the memorial of Karl August Wrede (1859-1943), an architect who’s dream was to build Helsinki into a internationally plausible metropolitan. Among other, he planned the ”Wrede Place” and House of Central in Aleksanterinkatu and Pohjoisesplanadi. However, after finding his faith, Wrede planned mainly religious spaces. It states in the memorial ”Me and my family serve the Lord”. The seconnd piece (1969) is the grave of Sigurd Stenius (1879-1969), a founder of Munkkiniemi and Huopalahti parish, the muncipality of Huopalahti and market town of Haaga.
The memorial of Karl August Wrede (1966). Haaga Sankaripuisto.
The grave of Sigurd Stenius (1969). Sigurd Stenius park.
All of these pieces seem to contribute to the highly traditional home, religion, fatherland attitude and values. The values, attitudes and athmosphere of the Haaga community is therefore implicitly expressed in the immediate environment of the area and tells a lot of the development of the area and its motives.