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The ‘Lantern Carriers’ of the Helsinki Railway Station are wearing the masks of the iconic hard rock band Kiss on April 28, 2017. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The front of the Helsinki Railway Station is swarming with people on the misty Friday morning. Most faces are glued to their smartphones. Others walk with tunnel vision – with one goal only: to make it to the bus and work.

I pull out my camera and start shooting. People are stopping now. They are looking where my lens is pointing: at the huge statues, the Lantern Carriers by sculptor Emil Wikström, designed in 1914. “They look like the band members of Kiss,” one woman in her 50’s utters to her friend. The woman is right.

At the break of the dawn the state-owned railway company VR had the faces of the “stone men” clad in big masks of the Demon, Starchild, Spaceman and Catman – the members of the iconic American hard rock group, Kiss.

But why? Because the group that saw the height of its popularity in the 70’s and 80’s will take over the Helsinki Arena on May 4.

According to VR, the “stone men” suit perfectly to the story of Kiss.

They are, after all, the men of rock.

These men of rock are wearing the masks of Starchild and Spaceman. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The Demon and Catman are observing in the opposite corner. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today


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