Rafael Saifulin, Happiness, 2006
Rafael Saifulin’s bronze sculpture Happiness (2006) was received as a donation from Jukka Helkama, who lives in Kisko, Salo. Donated on Finland’s 100th anniversary, the sculpture is the donor’s way of expressing gratitude to his home region, and an indication of the importance of immigration and integration. The sculpture, placed outside Salo City Hall, was received and unveiled on 21 June 2017. Sculptor Rafael Saifulin (b. 1952 Samara, current Russia) graduated from the Academy of Industrial Art in Saint Petersburg in 1979. Saifulin has been working in Kisko, Salo, for over twenty years now, and he is a member of the Association of Finnish Sculptors. His public sculptures can be seen, for example, in Hanko (Wind from the sea, 2005) and Turku (Lucky Horse, 2005). In the Salo area in Kisko, there is another Saifulin sculpture Bird from 2009.