A two-staged competition was arranged by the Sibelius society, founded in 1957, for a memorial to the composer. The second stage was taken by Eila Hiltunen's entry `Passio Musicae'. The competition gained immense publicity; the conflict between the supporters of abstract and figurative art was in the air, but it was solved by adding Sibelius' bust to Hiltunen's work. The work is made unique by its spatial diversity of the work, allowing the viewer to enter it, and the echoes and sounds generated by the structure. Viewed from further away, its form blends in with the woods and rugged rocks. The monument is a visual expression of the way Sibelius' music depicts nature. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the City.
Helsinki is a high-tech city with excellent facilities. It is a safe and modern city where practically everything is within walking distance. Here you will find East and West, bright summer nights and short winter days, beautiful nature and urban attractions.