Robert Stigell: Haaksirikkoiset, 1898 © Kuva: HAM

The Shipwrecked

Robert Stigell

Parks and public toilets offered shelter for gay encounters. The action was particularly hot around the sculptures The Shipwrecked and Memorial for Seafarers. In his memoirs, Touko Laaksonen (1920–1991), known more famously as Tom of Finland, tells of passionate park sex with a German soldier during the war, with two Soviet soldiers after the war and with several international travellers during the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.