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Emil Filén: The Pioneer, 1947. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

The Pioneer

Artist Emil Filén

Haagan sankaripuisto, Haaga, Helsinki

The sculpture, located in the Haaga veterans’ cemetery, is one of the many patriotic memorials erected following the Winter and Continuation Wars. These works are typically very naturalistic and extremely realistic.

“The Pioneer” depicts the Classical heroic theme of a wounded or dying soldier. It has strong heroic and patriotic pathos. The sculpture was unveiled in 1947 and was paid for by the Haaga municipal council. It is cast in bronze.

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