The Path of the Sun

The Path of the Sun is a public artwork commemorating the centenary of Finland's declaration of independance. It consists of a raised and tilted circular structure made of stainless steel. It is angled to correlate with the position of the sun as it travels across the sky. Markings in the landscape beneath note the time and position on the horizon of the sun at sunrise and sundown on December 6th.


The Path of the Sun addresses both the specific and the eternal conditions that took place on this day in 1917. The piece is directly informed by the exact position of this site in our solar system and on this single day. In this way, the specific day of Finland’s independence will be represented every day, from the moment the artwork is completed. Thus, this is a representation of this important historic moment, and, at the same time, a representation of conditions that are recurring and everlasting. Year after year, on the 6th of December, the sun will rise at 8:57 EET at this particular site, just as it did in 1917.





Publik Art. Winning competition entry.



Virolahti, on Finland’s main route between St Petersburg and Helsinki



Stainless steel circle ø40 meters, lifted and tilted, mounted on stainless steel columns. Landscape park



In Jonas Dahlberg Studio: Johanna Fager (Architect), Jakob Oredsson (CAD and visualization), Cesilia Silvasti (CAD)



Markus Eek (Structural Engineer)



Regional Council of Kymenlaakso