The Sibelius monument is located in the park of the same name (Sibelius Parken), near the west coast of the city. One of the tracks from which you can reach from the street is just dedicated to the composer (Sibeliuksen Katu). The neighborhood, called Taka-Töölö, is primarily a quiet residential sparsely populated in our author's life. The hospital where his brother Christian was in this area, and it was common to find Jean Sibelius walking. Hence the choice. In the same neighborhood we find also streets named for poets Topelius and Leino. The park was named after the musician in 1945, in celebration of his eightieth birthday. Years after his death was thought important to incorporate a statue park, for which we performed a concuerso (years 61 and 62). There was an unprecedented debate in Finland on how the sculpture should be, whether figurative or abstract. The 50 winning projects, Eila Hiltumen artist (1922-2003) decided to incorporate both aesthetic making a monument in two parts, one with the face of the composer (in its aspect of the 10s), while the other would be a symbol abstract formed by a series of tubes, both elements of the set of metal (stainless steel). The monument was inaugurated in 1967 and was as controversial as the ideas of creation. Most striking was the lack of importance and isolation that the composer had his face on the tubes, larger and bold, and steps. "Besides, what do those tubes?" He asked the Finns. Hiltumen not want to reveal its meaning, and died a few years ago not reveal it. The Finns have held and still hold several theories including: 1) Are organ pipes, the king of instruments and symbol of the music (Sibelius dedicated instrument to which only four works, though). 2) Represents the aurora borealis, the symbol of the magic of the north (referenced in the cantata "Oma maa" ["Our homeland"] opus 92). 3) They are ice crystals (referenced in several works by the author). 4) They are a symbol of the Nordic forests (referenced in Tapiola and in many other works). Fit even other proposals, and you sure are thinking of some. Maybe this was really what I thought the artist, not create anything concrete and allow visitors to the monuments to think what they want about their meaning and inspiration. Eventually the controversy faltered, and the monument was accepted as a clear homage to the master, and a sign of identity of the city, the country and the Finnish culture. Every day dozens of buses of tourists from distant places come to the park, and the artistic whole, on the green grass or snow - depending on the time of year, of course - on a wild rock, is proudly displayed citizen of the world. A replica of the same, unless size can be found at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, reflecting the cultural and representative of Finnish culture that has the sculpture. Perhaps the sibeliano, who comes to Finland in search of places steeped in the presence of the teacher, this monument can say little, despite its great symbolism. Without doubt find more advisable to visit the Sibelius Museum of Turku / Åbo (music museum in Finland, with a room dedicated to the composer with manuscripts, letters, photographs, and more material of the first order), the birthplace in Hämeenlinna, and Ainola especially, our musician residence the last 50 years of his life, he composed much of his work and where he is buried with his wife Aino. The house remains almost the same as the left of the composer after his death, countless memories with materials. At another point Ainola discuss in more detail.