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Kesko donates sculpture to the city of Helsinki


Kesko and K-retailers donate a bronze sculpture called ’Expectation’ by Pekka Jylhä, depicting an expectant mother, to the city of Helsinki. The unveiling event, open to the public, will take place in the Kaivopuisto park in Helsinki, at the corner of Neitsytpolku and Puistokatu streets, on Sunday 9 May 2010 at 18.00.

The sculpture project is part of Kesko’s corporate responsibility and a stand on behalf of children, families with children and mothers. The work of art depicts a mother who radiates light, energy and belief in the future. It also highlights the important role of parents in raising a child.

“As equality has progressed, both of the parents have an increasingly important role to play. The message of the sculpture to the parents is responsibility for the child, based on the principle: Give the child a life. The sculpture and lighting also brilliantly and thought-provokingly portray an unborn child and the significance of the miracle of birth for the future,” says Kesko’s President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki.

The three-metre sculpture will be unveiled by President and CEO Matti Halmesmäki and Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen. Sculptor Pekka Jylhä will introduce the work and tell the audience about different stages of the process. The YL Male Voice Choir will sing at the event.

Sculptor Pekka Jylhä is one of the best-known and most highly regarded sculptors in Finland, where his works are displayed, for example, in the public collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Helsinki Art Museum, the Sara Hildén Art Museum and the Saastamoinen Foundation.

Kesko ( is a retail specialist whose stores offer quality to the daily lives of consumers. Kesko has about 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, and Belarus.


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