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Hilda Flodin: Soapstone Masks, 1901. You may not use this photo for commercial purposes. © Photo: Helsinki Art Museum

Vuolukivinaamiot / Soapstone Masks

Artist Hilda Flodin

Aleksanterinkatu 44, Kluuvi, Helsinki

Pohjola insurance company’s strongly sculptural granite and soapstone former headquarters were designed by architects Gesellius, Lindgren & Saarinen.

The names of the two insurance companies that originally operated in the building, Pohjola and Kullervo, originate from the Kalevala epic.

Both the soapstone masks under the inscriptions of the companies’ names and the building’s ornamentation were designed by Hilda Flodin. The motifs are also inspired by the Kalevala and other Finnish folklore and mythology, as well as animals and plants found in Finland.

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

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