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.


This is my standard form of disclosure that I am retroactively adding to all blog posts done before April 1, 2018, and will add to all new posts.

1. Is this experience open to the public?


2. Who paid the cost of me doing this?

I did.

3. Did I get any compensation or special consideration for writing this blog post?


4. Would I be as positive about this place if I had gone as a regular visitor?

Yes. I write about things that I find interesting.


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