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Alpo Jaakola: Open Arms (stone bench), 1972. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum / Hanna Kukorelli

Open Arms (stone bench)

Artist Alpo Jaakola

Kaupungin puutarha, Helsinki

Jaakola belongs to those artists, who became well-known in the 60s as an advocate of the new realist avant-garde. Jaakola’s avant-garde works include, among other things, works built with machine parts. He also is known to have made a series of pioneering abstract works in Finland.

The comical family depicted on the bench beckon passers-by to rest a moment in their arms. The sculpture is granite.

“Open Arms” was put on show for the Helsinki Festival and in 1977 was acquired for the Helsinki City Art Museum collection.

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