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Antti Neuvonen: Monument to the Friendship of the Peoples, 1983. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum / Maija Toivanen

Kansojen ystävyyden monumentti (Ystävät ja kylänmiehet) / Monument to the Friendship of the Peoples

Artist Antti Neuvonen

Ystävyyden puisto, Itäkeskus, Marjaniemi, Helsinki

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with the Soviet Union, the City of Helsinki municipal board organized an open sculpture competition. The competition ended in 1978 in the victory of Antti Neuvonen’s (1938-2011) entry. The sculpture comprises several over life-sized stylized human figures representing the different peoples of the world. They are connected by children touching each other. The piece is cast in bronze and it was erected in 1983. It contains the text `Monumentum amicitiae populorum` (Monument to the Peoples’ Friendship).

The work of art belongs to the collection of HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

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