Wäinö Aaltonen: Sarastus, 1956 © Kuva: HAM

Daybreak

1956
Wäinö Aaltonen

As you continue along Rauhankatu, you will soon encounter a woman who greets both you and the rising sun with her hands enthusiastically in the air. She holds a shy awaiting as well as a sprinkle of life. No wonder that this statue is also known as The Young Girl and a Promise. The work was a direct commission by the Bank of Finland from the artist, and now this young beauty greets visitors to the banknote printing works. May she bring you a promise of a fine day, dear runner.