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  • I had a meeting in Helsinki by Plague Park. It’s a little, romantic, square-shaped park in the middle of Helsinki. In summertime it’s the most popular picnic park in city. Underneath the picnicers and big oak trees lie two thirds of Helsinki population, they died in plague in 1710.

    But now it’s January and there is snow over tombstones. On the four sides of Plague Park lie the cultural core of Helsinki. There is one of the biggest publishing houses, several important art galleries, and on the southern corner of Plague Park stands the most powerful cultural foundation of our land. So, the park is surrounded by a lot of artistic hope and dreams, and also a lot of artistic disappointment and setback.

    Sometimes I think that tombstones in the Plague Park are memorials to Unknown Artists, like those in the different battlefields are for Unknown Soldiers.
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