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Eila Hiltunen, Creator of Sibelius Monument, Dies at 80

Yle Uutisten artikkeliarkisto

Sculptor Eila Hiltunen has died at the age of 80. Hiltunen, who held the honorary title of professor, died on Friday in Helsinki.

Hiltunen is best known as the creator of the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, completed in 1967. She called the massive welded steel work "Passio Musica".

During a long and varied career, Hiltunen earned many honours including the Pro Finlandia and Suomi awards.

Her outdoor sculptures stand in Rome, Jeddah, Tehran, Berlin, and outside UN headquarters in New York.

Born in Sortavala, Karelia, Hiltunen would have turned 81 next month. She divided her time between homes in Helsinki and Italy.


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