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Helsinki gargoyle by Hilda Flodin

You'll be charmed by the carvings on this building in Helsinki

Helsinki gargoyle by Hilda Flodin / Jill Browne

This is one of many carvings on the Pohjola Insurance Building in Helsinki. The building was designed by Eliel Saarinen, famous architect. The carvings – of bears, squirrels, and what must be characters from Finnish folklore – are by Hilda Flodin.

Here is a short video found on YouTube, by Alan Hogan of The Art Garage, showing more of the building and Flodin’s carvings.

Alan also wrote a blog post about Hilda Flodin, “Holding for Hilda“.

YouTube video by Alan Hogan, used under terms of YouTube standard license.

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