Statue

Alpo Sailo

Bronze

Shemeikka (6) kalevala (5) Alpo Sailo (1) Kulmikulma park (1) karelian poem singers (1) 1927 (15) Poet (1) Pedri Shemeikka (5) Alpo (5)


The Poet's (Pedri Shemeikka) statue's sculptor was Alpo Sailo (1877–1955). The Statue locates in Kulmikulma park and it's dedicated to the karelian poem singers.
When in 1908 Alpo Sailo met Pedri Shemeikka, he took photos and painted portraits of him. After this, Shemeikka's health started to deteriorate causing even blindess. Finally it took almost 20 years to find funding for the statue project. In 1927 Eliel Virtanen recommended project to Alpo Sailo who accepted to sculpt the statue. The budget was 250 000 marks. The Statue was unveiled 20th of June 1935 which was also Kalevala's 100th anniversary date since its first publish.

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