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Bertel Nilsson: Eagles, 1913. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

Kotkia / Eagles

Artist Bertel Nilsson

, Helsinki

The sculpture depicts two eagles and is surrounded by a basin. One of the eagles is about to devour its prey while the other keeps a keen eye on the surroundings. The work is realistic, although the eagles’ arrogant and smug expressiveness add humour to it. Nilsson has created an image of a cruel bird of prey, which looses its dangerousness and looks rather foolish despite its intimidating greatness.

Originally, the work was placed in the Ateneum park, from where it was moved to its present location in 1974. The piece was completed in 1913 and it is cast in bronze.

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

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