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The Havis Amanda (Also known as Manta) fountain statue was erected in 1908 at the Market Square of Helsinki Harbour and is one of our city’s most beloved pieces of art.
The five-meter tall art nouveau style sculpture is of a mermaid standing on seaweed as she rises from water, surrounded by water sprouting fish and sea lions. Cast from bronze, the statue rests on a fountain made of granite.
The sculptor Ville Vallgren intended to symbolize the rebirth of Helsinki as it rises from the ocean. Each first of May, the statue becomes the centerpiece of the biggest celebration of the year, as new and old graduates climb up on it to put a graduation cap on the mermaid. This event is known as “Mantan lakitus,” later, the statue has also become the main scene for ice hockey and football celebrations for the Finns.
To celebrate Makia’s twenty year long journey, we will publish four Journal posts highlighting some of the pivotal moments from along the way. Enjoy part 4/4.
Makia has worked with RFSU on a limited edition long sleeve and t-shirt featuring graphics of their iconic Magic condom brand.
Inspired by the introduction to skateboarding culture that landed in Helsinki in the late 80s and early 90s, Makia has worked with HUF on a Nordic influenced streetwear collection designed for the rugged pavement and harsh elements of the North.