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Tapio Junno: Man with Shield, 1982. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

Kilpimies/ Man with Shield

Artist Tapio Junno

Kirkkokatu 12, Kruununhaka, Helsinki

The sculpture, located in the courtyard of the Ministry of the Interior, is the first colossal version of the male figure in a suit that Tapio Junno has used in numerous works. The expressive features of the otherwise realistically depicted human figure convey pain and suffering. The figure seems to be using the shield to ward of some external threat. Yet the distorted features and an expression full of suffering make it plain that the shield cannot protect him from the anguish deep inside.

The piece was finished in 1982. It is cast in bronze and its height is 4.6 metres. The work doesn’t belong to the collections of the Helsinki Art Museum.

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