Kalevala

The mythic history of the Finnish people is on display right now a the Finish Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue.  Viewing this exhibition is a wonderful excuse to visit one of the finest examples of modern architecture in Washington DC.  The soaring central space is punctuated by massive copper colored forms that appear to be floating in space.  For views of the exterior, please see this post:

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From speaking with the cultural ambassador I learned among other things that the Finnish hero figure is known not for his might on the battlefield, but rather for his graceful diction and storytelling prowess.  His symbolic power object is a musical instrument made from the jaw bone of a fish.

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3 Responses to “Kalevala”

  1. J S Edwards Says:

    Really diggin the copper forms.

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    BEAUTIFUL photos

  3. thb Says:

    …’the Finnish hero figure is known not for his might on the battlefield, but rather for his graceful diction and storytelling prowess. His symbolic power object is a musical instrument made from the jaw bone of a fish.’ Wouldn’t we love to have such a myth right now! And…Sibelius, Alvar Aalto, Tapio Vierikko…hard to beat the power and clean lines inherent in their culture. Thanks for this post!

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