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Heikki Häiväoja: Concrete Symphony, 1955. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

Betonisinfonia / Concrete Symphony

Artist Heikki Häiväoja

Kadetintie 3, Munkkiniemi, Helsinki

Heikki Häiväoja’s (b. 1929) relief “Concrete Symphony” is located on the façade of a residential building in Munkkiniemi’s Kadetintie.

“Concrete Symphony” depicts a free-form event that looks like it has crashed into a massive concrete slab. What is taking place in the piece is in sharp contrast with its form and the rigidness of the figures’ outlines. This differentiation of internal event and external appearance is broken only by the group of birds taking off, unifying the piece and linking it to its surroundings.

Other works by Heikki Häiväoja include “Urbanist”, “Memorial to Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld”, “Cooperation monument” and “Memorial to Women in Times of War”.

Concrete Symphony doesn’t belong to the collections of the Helsinki Art Museum.

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