The Bank of Finland fountain
Eila Hiltunen's fountain at the Bank of Finland is an abstract piece welded from copper plates. It is one of Hiltunen's first welding works. The fountain is a layered structure of copper plates and plate-like surfaces consisting of interlaced ribbon-like metal wire. These form tapering and prolonged rectangular sections which spread out from a narrow, circular formation, and fold back towards the centre, ending in a web of metal-wire planes. The shape resembles that of cupped hands facing each other with their finger entwined.
The sculpture poses questions concerning transparency and non-transparency and defies the laws of solidity and structure; despite its very solid and heavy material, it barely seems to hold together.
The work doesn't belong to the collections of the Helsinki Art Museum.
Eila Hiltunen: The Bank of Finland fountain, 1961. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum