Holding the distinction of being only one of two women invited to contribute any projects to the City of Jeddah’s beautification project, Eila Hiltunen was a Finnish artist who is famous for creating the most famous landmark in her native land, called the The Sibelius Monument. Hiltunen is credited with creating at least three sculptures in Jeddah. The Sunflower Field Fountain is an outstanding work of art located in a lagoon on Jeddah’s Corniche by the Red Sea and is constructed of corrosion-resistant acid-proof stainless steel. Selecting the proper grade of steel for this sculpture was of the utmost importance to ensure its durability in withstanding the elements. The attractive work of art has been a Jeddah landmark since its completion in 1984. This imposing fountain has the distinction of being the largest sculpture by a Finnish artist ever commissioned from overseas. It makes for an interesting and delightful contradiction in this land of scorching desert landscapes. The other female artist who was commissioned to create artwork for Jeddah was Laila Pullinen, who was also from Finland.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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