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Dressed to kill: Iconic Helsinki Railway statues adorned with Kiss masks

The makeup-wearing band Kiss has arrived to Helsinki - or at least their likenesses have. The huge, lamp-holding statues at the entrance of Helsinki Central railway station are now wearing Kiss face masks which were painted by four local fans.

Helsingin päärautatieaseman kivimiespatsaat saivat KISS-kasvomaalaukset 28. huhtikuuta 2017. VR juhlistaa hard rock -yhtye KISSin toukokuista Helsingin-konserttia tarjoamalla neljälle KISS-fanille mahdollisuuden maalata 3D-tulostettuun naamariin jonkun KISSin jäsenen kasvomaalauksen. Naamarit koristavat kivimiehiä huhtikuun lopulta 5. toukokuuta saakka.
As a promotion for US rock band Kiss' concert in Helsinki next week, the towering, iconic four granite statues at the entrance of the Central railway station have been adorned with the group's face-painted masks. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

As a promotion for US rock band Kiss' concert in Helsinki next week, the towering, iconic four granite statues at the entrance of the central railway station have been adorned with the group's face-painted masks.

While Kiss may have sometimes struggled over the decades, the group has mastered the art of corporate marketing and merchandising. The band - despite changes in fashion and their lineup - has reportedly sold more than 100 million albums worldwide during its 44 year lifespan.

Helsingin päärautatieaseman kivimiespatsaat saivat KISS-kasvomaalaukset 28. huhtikuuta 2017. VR juhlistaa hard rock -yhtye KISSin toukokuista Helsingin-konserttia tarjoamalla neljälle KISS-fanille mahdollisuuden maalata 3D-tulostettuun naamariin jonkun KISSin jäsenen kasvomaalauksen. Naamarit koristavat kivimiehiä huhtikuun lopulta 5. toukokuuta saakka.
As a promotion for US rock band Kiss' concert in Helsinki next week, the towering, iconic four granite statues at the entrance of the central railway station have been adorned with the group's face-painted masks. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

The band's latest promotion in Finland involved four fans who won the chance to paint the large masks, as advertisement for the upcoming Kiss concert at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena on May 4.

The deal was arranged through cooperation with state railway company VR, Helsinki's Radio Rock and the local Kiss fan club.

The masks will be removed the day after the concert, VR says.

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