With an aft-facing cabin on the Crown Princess we hadn’t seen any of the port of Helsinki as we’d docked alongside in the morning but as our coach had driven off in the pouring rain for our day’s excursion I had spotted several examples of very large street art by the gates and remarked on the matter to my wife. At the conclusion of our excursion when we’d told our tour guide we were going to make our own way back to the ship in order to have some free time in the Finnish capital city it had been my intention to walk back when the time was right in order to make certain that we passed the art again but the torrential rain put paid to that idea and we elected to make use of the shuttle buses being provided for the ship. I had thought that this would mean I’d have no chance to see that art up close but fortunately for us the layout of the port area meant that the bus parked just outside the secure area. Leaving my wife to peruse the handful of small stalls selling last-minute souvenirs for departing visitors I scurried back over to the main pieces of art I’d seen.
The most impressive of the pieces wasn’t facing the ship but rather down the street our bus had just driven. Being fairly narrow it wasn’t possible to get far enough back to take it all in with one photo but this did mean a lot of detail could be captured in the very-detailed piece of street art. Obviously there was a connection with the nautical location and the presence of the mermaid imagery but quite what the whole piece represented was beyond me. I think you can see, though, that it’s a fabulous example of artwork.
And now some of the details of this excellent example of Helsinki street art.
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