So recently they erected a huge pike statue in the middle of a square in Helsinki. Sounds pretty radical doesn't it? I was surprised the city dared to do something that quirky. One can be of the opinion that the statue is ugly, or useless, or a huge waste of money. I can agree with some of these opinions. The gloomy nature and dark material of the statue doesn't necessarily make me feel all warm inside and I'm sure the price tag of the piece was heavy enough. Public artworks themselves often don't have a clear function, they can cost ridiculous amounts of money and when you count in the different art-tastes of people, they become easy targets for criticism.
UNINSPIRING SUBURBS OF INSPIRING HELSINKI - HOW GROWING UP IN A SLEEPY NEIGHBORHOOD MAKES YOU WANT TO WRITE A BLOG ABOUT URBAN SPACES
Helsinki in summertime. Sounds of waves flapping against the sides of boats, thousands of gulls screaming and people walking on the promenades with seemingly no worries on their mind. In the suburbs people are enjoying the privacy of their little gardens and take occasional walks around their neighborhood. All seems well in one ofthe most depressed countries in the world.
Enter autumn and problems become more apparent. People crawl into their holes and come out only to shovel the snow that has been packing in front of their doors. The only sign of life in the vast apartment complexes around metropolitan Helsinki is the glimmering of light from some windows.
Ever since I was old enough to start thinking about my future I have been planning on moving away from my little hometown, but only lately have I been starting to reflect on why this has been the case. I’ve said to myself that it is the large amounts of traveling with my parents that has caused my fascination towards big and bustling cities and added to the boredom of my hometown, but I never understood what it is that the big cities have and my city doesn’t.