Three Blacksmiths Square takes its name from the statue donated to the city by the Pro Helsingfors Foundation in 1932. According to Virtual Helsinki, It was paid for by Julius Tallberg, who had a shop on the Square until the 1980s.
Nude public sculptures, especially of men, are not so common in the United States, which is unhealthily prudish about such matters. Is it because I come from such a background that this statue looks homoerotic to me? What does it say about me and my background that I, as a gay man, immediately want to jump into the statue and relate myself to it? Would queer men from less homophobic countries feel the same urge? I would like to think that my silly, grinning presence at the base queers the statue, for at least for a moment.