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Taisto Martiskainen: Kiikkujat / Swinging children, 1964. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

Kiikkujat / Swinging children

Artist Taisto Martiskainen

Roihuvuorentie 2, Herttoniemi, Helsinki

The `Swinging Children’, also known as `School Recess’, has a very dramatic background. The commissioning committee demanded changes to it and only when the esteemed sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen intervened, the artist’s vision was allowed to become true. The work depicts two girls swinging. Although the figures are stylized, they still follow Classical ideals. Horizontal composition and the swinging motion lend life to the piece. Taisto Martiskainen’s (1943-1982) sculpture is cast in bronze and was unveiled in 1964. The work of art belongs to the collection of HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

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