Helsinki’s Trees Play the Music of Sibelius

Helsinki’s Trees Play the Music of Sibelius

Posted on 11 May 2015

The City of Helsinki’s Public Works Department is helping to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of legendary Finnish composer Jean Sibelius by presenting his music in nature next to five domestic tree species: the spruce, pine, birch, aspen and rowan tree. Sibelius composed delightful piano pieces for all of these trees, nature being his great inspiration.

Special plaques with QR codes to access the music can be found in eight parks: Kaivopuisto (Eira), Hesperian puisto (Töölö), Sibeliuksen puisto (Töölö), Itsenäisyydenpuisto (Oulunkylä), Ullaksenpuisto (Vuosaari) Meilahden arboretum (Meilahti), Seurasaari and Maunulanpuisto. The plaques can be found by five trees in each of these parks.

The QR codes can be read using a mobile device with a QR reader app, which opens a music file with a song composed by Sibelius for the tree in question. In this way people can share the composer’s interpretation of our lovely trees while actually standing in nature.

The piano pieces are performed by Folke Gräsbäck and were selected for the project from The Sibelius Edition with the permission of BIS Records. Copyright fees shall be paid to the Finnish Composers’ Copyright Society Teosto. The plaques shall remain in the parks until the end of 2015. The location of the trees can be found on the website for Helsinki’s parks:

Further information: Elina Nummi, Project Manager, +358 50 388 1410

psst. You can already scan the QR code in the image above the text.