Helsinki. Daughter of the Baltic fountain, Shameless Amanda (Itämeren tytär, Havis Amanda)
At the west end of Market square, in front of the Esplanade Park, is the most famous fountain of Finland (map), installed on 20 September 1908, and named "Itämeren tytär" - "Daughter of the Baltic", so informal named to Finnish capital.
The statue was made in Paris in 1906. Sculptor Ville Vallgren cast bronze figure of the sea of the virgin that decided to leave their native element and left on the ground, the artist gave her the name "mermaid". Some time the sculpture was exhibited at the Paris salon of arts was the proposal to install a statue on the Champs Elysees. Then the statue was transported to Finland and placed in the center of the fountain in the Market square. Installation sculpture of a naked woman in the centre of the city, unprecedented at the time the case caused a storm of emotions and disputes among the public, and the fountain quickly acquired the nickname "shameless Amanda" (in Finnish Havis Amanda)
In 1920, some fun a student is pulled over her head Amanda student cap. Since then, the white cap on the Daughter of the Baltic sea put on every Walpurgis night (Vappu, Vappu, Vapunaatto), spring festival celebrated on may 1. Since the beginning of the nineties the city authorities have forbidden to climb on the sculpture, and now cap dress with the help of aerial platforms.