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The grave of primary-school children who drowned in Puutelahti Bay – Angel

Angel

Bronze relief
Eemil Halonen 1941
Viinamäki Cemetery, Siilinjärvi

Sculptor Eemil Halonen made a bronze memorial relief for the grave of the drowned children. Its visual motif is a male angel above a boat sinking into the waves. The angel is look up and praying. Might Halonen have depicted the Archangel Gabriel, who is associated in theosophical esotericism with the element of water and with establishing connections?

At the lower edge of the gravestone there is a quote from Ecclesiastes 12:7:‘…and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it’. The verse begins by noting that the dust shall return to the earth from where it came. There are eight small headstones placed around the monument.

Finland’s worst inland water accident was the sinking of the steamboat Kuru on Lake Näsijärvi near Tampere in 1929, with the loss of 138 people. A sculpture competition was held for a memorial statue for the Kuru disaster and was won even after a renewed stage of the competition by sculptor Yrjö Liipola. Eemil Halonen also took part in the competition with his entry entitled Storm.

There is a later cast replica of Eemil Halonen’s sculpture Semper Excelsior in the old cemetery of Lapinlahti. It was erected to the memory of 31 patients who died in a fire in the municipal care home in 1966.

Photograph: Kai Luttinen, Halonen Museum Foundation

Primary-school children who drowned in Puutelahti Bay

Sculptor Eemil Halonen made a bronze memorial relief for the grave of the drowned children. Its visual motif is a male angel above a boat sinking into the waves. The angel is look up and praying. Might Halonen have depicted the Archangel Gabriel, who is associated in theosophical esotericism with the element of water and with establishing connections?  

At the lower edge of the gravestone there is a quote from Ecclesiastes 12:7:  …and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it’. The verse begins by noting that the dust shall return to the earth from where it came. There are eight small headstones placed around the monument.

Finland’s worst inland water accident was the sinking of the steamboat Kuru on Lake Näsijärvi near Tampere in 1929, with the loss of 138 people.  A sculpture competition was held for a memorial statue for the Kuru disaster and was won even after a renewed stage of the competition by sculptor Yrjö Liipola. Eemil Halonen also took part in the competition with his entry entitled Storm.

There is a later cast replica of Eemil Halonen’s sculpture Semper Excelsior in the old cemetery of Lapinlahti. It was erected to the memory of 31 patients who died in a fire in the municipal care home in 1966.

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Viinamäki Cemetery, Siilinjärvi
Kasurilantie 16, 71800 Siilinjärvi
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