Juho Kusti Paasikivi was the 7th President of the Republic of Finland from 1946 to 1956. His Monument – although few know about it – is situated at a very central location: On the side of the Parliament House and opposite the Kiasma Museum of Modern Art in the neighbourhood of Kamppi, along the busiest street of the city.
The funny thing is that the two massive stones sculpted to honour President Paasikivi really do represent him as ‘paasi’ means a sizey, smooth (rock) and ‘kivi’ means a stone.
But even funnier is that people say the taller, skinnier stone figure is Mr. President himself. And the other figure, the – um – fat mama next to him? Well, obviously it is the then First Lady, President Paasikivi’s wife Alli Paasikivi.
So, I guess it was and still is true when they say and it sure seems the sculptor is suggesting that: behind every successful man there is a (strong) woman.
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