Kaunis Veera statue, Markku Hirvelä, 2020
Sculptor Markku Hirvelä from Kotka created the figure of the statue based on the story of the song by Tatu Pekkarinen that inspired the 1950 film “Kaunis Veera eli Ballaadi Saimaalta” (Beautiful Veera, or a Ballad from Lake Saimaa) directed by Ville Salminen. The sculpture was commissioned by Ossi Vilhu, a businessman from Lappeenranta, and the city accepted the donation at an unveiling ceremony on 7 August 2020 at the story’s birthplace, on the lime tree alleyway leading to the harbour at Rantapuisto Park, on the shore of Lake Saimaa.
The life-size statue has been executed using the traditional bronze casting technique. The statue stands over a copper water basin, on top of a hand made of acid-resistant steel. The hand features copper waterlily leaves from which the water flows into the basin.
The stone base of the sculpture is made of Ylämaa brown granite and the edge of the water basin is Ylämaa green granite.