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Essi Renvall: Fish and Boy, 1936. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

Kala ja poika / Fish and Boy

Artist Essi Renvall

Mannerheimintie 70, Töölö, Helsinki

Essi Renvalli’s Fish and Boy fountain work was situated on the corner of the two streets, Mannerheimintie and Kammionkatu (now named Sibeliuksenkatu) in the 1940s. Due to dirtying and large deposits, and after the fountain had been left dry after many decades, the statue was removed and taken to storage.

The base of the fountain, which is adorned with a colour mosaic, remained empty. However, in the spring of 2004 the fountain was repaired and the water technics were renewed and reunited with the little boy riding the fish, which were returned from the neighbouring house association. In the following summer of 2005, the fountain which was then returned to it’s rightful place, flowed again triumphantly with water from the fish’s mouth.

The work doesn’t belong to the collections of the Helsinki Art Museum.

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