Two statues, cast in cement, in niches by Stigel, depicting:
- Ilmarinen forging a plough. Seppo Ilmarinen, the Eternal Hammerer, blacksmith and inventor in the Kalevala, is an archetypal artificer from Finnish mythology
- Väinämöinen playing the kantele. He is the main character in the national epic Kalevala. He was described as an old and wise man, and he possessed a potent, magical voice (Wikipedia).
At the roof is a frieze by Runeberg depicting Cleobis and Biton. The central group of the frieze depicts Cleobis and Biton pulling their mother along in a wagon. They are followed by a procession of priestesses on the left, carrying cult objects, and a small group of people and a some sacrificial lambs. On the right there are soldiers and citizens observing the procession.
- Walter Runeberg (Porvoo 1838 - Helsinki 1920),
- Robert Stigell (Suomenlinna 1852 - 1907),
Sources & Information
Location N 60°10'8" E 24°56'26"
Item Code: fi077; Photograph: 30 June 2013
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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