This weekend, the opening event of Tallinn Treff Festival by the Estonian State Puppet and Youth Theatre will offer the audience something they have never seen before. For the opening act of the festival, a sculpture of a nun made from Penosil building foam will be erected in the Old Town. The erection of the foam nun sculpture, which is over 2 metres high and is based on an Old Town legend, was proposed by Mr. Jüri Kuuskemaa, designed by artist Kalju Kivi, and initiated by Krimelte, a company belonging to the Wolf Group, and the Estonian State Puppet and Youth Theatre.

“For the beginning of the upcoming year, which is brimming with cultural events, we decided to tell some of the greatest and most outstanding stories of the history of our town,” said Mr. Jaan Puusaag, the Chairman of the Board, in revealing the background to the foam num sculpture. “The Krimelte Wolves” highly appreciate culture, and I enjoy the opportunity to see art being created by using Krimelte building form for a somewhat extraordinary application, which will definitely give some added value to our product,” Mr. Puusaag added.
The foam nun, which will soon be completed, represents a pilot project. A large sculpture competition, organised by Penosil, will be launched during the year of the Cultural Capital, and young and promising artists and architects from all over Estonia are expected to participate in the event. 

According to the director of the Estonian State Puppet and Youth Theatre, Mr. Meelis Pai, about 20 sculptures of Penosil building foam will be erected in the Old Town of Tallinn next year. These will be initiated by Mr. Kalju Kivi and in co-operation with Krimelte. The sculptures will symbolise various legends linked to the Old Town and memorable historical events.

The story of the foam nun, which will tower on the outdoor terrace of the ice cream café of NUKU museum at Nunne Street, dates back many centuries, and tells of nuns who escaped from Saint Michael’s Convent of the Cistercian Sisters of Tallinn at the beginning of the 16th century. The nuns, who were escaping from the convent and
choosing in favour of secular life, were quite an issue for the community back then. The story of sister Elsabe, who was the first to turn her back on convent life to return to secular life – now reborn as a foam sculpture with some assistance from Penosil building foam – is a beautiful legend, and one that is definitely worth remembering. Approximately 50 cans of Penosil building foam will be needed to make the nun. 

Krimelte, a company of Estonian origin and belonging to the Wolf Group, is a leading joint sealant and building foam manufacturer in Europe. Apart from the factory in Estonia, Krimelte has production plants in Russia and Denmark. Krimelte’s export network covers countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Romania, Croatia, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Japan and Russia.

See also the picture gallery, which captures some of the moments of the process of erecting Elsabe, the runaway foam nun: