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Helsinki deputy mayor appeals to revellers: Stop climbing historic statue

Helsinki deputy mayor Nasima Razmyar described the historic Havis Amanda statue in the city harbour as "fragile".

Havis Amanda
Helsinki's historic Havis Amanda statue was sculpted by artist Ville Vallgren in 1906 in Paris before being erected at the Market Square in 1908. Image: Ronnie Holmberg / Yle

Party-goers marking significant events such as Finland’s Ice Hockey World Cup win on Sunday night need to find a new place to celebrate, says Nasima Razmyar, Helsinki Deputy Mayor responsible for culture and leisure activities.

On Tuesday, Razmyar tweeted her suggestion and warned that the fragile 111-year-old Havis Amanda statue is in danger of sustaining damage.

"It has been lovely to follow the festivities following the championship gold and people's joy. Many people have embraced Manta, however Manta is already 111 years old and very fragile. The statue as well as the revellers are in danger. We need to come up with another location for the next gold medal celebration," Razmyar wrote.

Thousands of revelers gathered around the statue on Sunday, with many jumping into the surrounding fountain, while others also clambered onto the depiction of a nude female created by sculptor Ville Vallgren.

Tampere's Central Square fountain suffers damage

In Tampere, Finland's second largest city outside of greater Helsinki, the fountain in Central Square suffered from festivities on Sunday night when a small piece of the fountain valued at thousands of euros disappeared.

Tampere Art Museum curator Aki Silvennoinen told Tampere daily newspaper Aamulehti that the piece likely came off when hockey fans climbed to the top of the fountain.

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