Helsinki Has One of the Ugliest Sculptures I Have Ever Seen

W hile I was walking on Tyynenmerenkatu in Helsinki on my way to the terminal where the vessel which operates as the ferry to Estonia was scheduled to depart, I spotted an unusual sculpture out of the corner of my eye which is located across the street just north of the terminal.

Helsinki Has One of the Ugliest Sculptures I Have Ever Seen

Bad Bad Boy Helsinki

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I just stared at it, thinking that it is one of the ugliest sculptures I have ever seen — and I earned my undergraduate degree in art school; so I have seen more than my fair share of sculptures.

Bad Bad Boy Helsinki

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Apparently, this bad boy is called — well — Bad Bad Boy by Tommi Toija; and it clocks in at approximately 8.5 meters tall. The air was apparently too cold for any liquid to emanate from the genitalia of the sculpture — although I am not sure the owners of nearby vehicles would appreciate that.

It was located just down the street from this unusual hotel…

Clarion Hotel Helsinki

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…known as the Clarion Hotel Helsinki.


I suppose the sculpture is fun in its own way — but I still think that it is ugly…

All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

9 thoughts on “Helsinki Has One of the Ugliest Sculptures I Have Ever Seen”

  1. MFK says:

    What?! I love that statue!

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You can like or dislike something regardless of whether it is beautiful or ugly, MFK. Do you think it is not ugly?

      If you have never been to Helsinki, you now have an item to check off of your list.

  2. phoenix says:

    Reminds me of Attack on Titan (aka Shingeki no Kyojin, Japanese Romanization). Maybe that’s what the sculptor intended?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I tried looking that up with both terms, phoenix; and I could not find exactly to what you were referring.

      Could you please offer a link?

      Nevertheless, all art is subject to interpretation — and no interpretation is wrong…

      1. phoenix says:

        Hey no problem Brian! It’s an ongoing manga & anime series so there’s quite a bit out there to catch up on, but short synopsis: a small bunch of friends defend their town against human-eating gigantic humanoids. gives you a good idea of what’s going on, spoilers and explicit visuals notwithstanding.

        1. gobluetwo says:

          Highly unlikely, given that Bad Bad Boy was installed in 2013 and Attack on Titan wasn’t released until November 2014. Seems more a commentary on societal norms.

          1. phoenix says:

            Fair point. I hadn’t considered the timeline…. maybe it’s the other way around, AoT was inspired by Bad Bad Boy!

  3. GR Downtown says:

    I thought the sculpture was called “The Revenge of the Aborted Fetus.

    It looks like a twisted “tribute” to “The Scream.”

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I had not thought of that, GR Downtown; but now that you say that, I agree: the sculpture does remotely resemble The Scream by Edvard Munch.

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