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Art on the streets of Vilnius

I’ve posted before about graffiti which is a form of vandalism in my opinion. Admittedly occasionally there is something which suggests some artistic skill. p1000795

There are also promotional pieces such as these at the Arts House on Šiltadaržio g. p1000809 p1000808

On Literatu g. there is a whole range of art of course.

This open-air gallery has been there for a number of years and each time I visit it has added new pieces.

There’s always something to see on the streets of Vilnius.

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Old Town Vilnius

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All these places I know so well. I can’t wait to get back there in 2015

Lost Postcards

My first four days in Lithuania were spent visiting my in-laws at their home in a small town called Alytus. Despite the fact that Lithuania has a lot of natural beauty (Alytus being no exception) with many lakes and forests — it is in stark contrast to the lifeless cement buildings that fill the towns.  Unfortunately, these depressing grey buildings are left over from the Soviet era and are common in Lithuania. It wasn’t until we left for Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, did I truly realize just how grey the town was.

It took over an hour to drive from Alytus to Vilnius and I had fallen asleep on the way there. When I woke – all I could see were vivid red, pink and orange buildings everywhere.  Buildings in so many different styles, gothic, baroque, neo-classic lined up the banks of the two rivers (the Vilnia and the Neris) that…

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Literatu gatve……….wonderful public art

Hope you’re not tempting fate with your reference to “no graffiti” here! This street has really developed its collection since it first started when Vilnius was the European capital of culture in 2009.

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On my wanderings around Vilnius “old town” I often walk down Literatų str. which is situated very close to the main street Pilies str. and is one of the attractive tourist places.

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Artworks mounted on the walls of the Literatu street (Literatų gatvė) dedicated to the world of literature and includes writers, translators and everyone who has link with Lithuania and is important for Lithuania and world literature.

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The project started in 2008 and is purely a private social initiative: authors donated their works WITHOUT ANY PAYMENT (despite the economic crisis at the time), sponsors donated for renovation of the wall, mounting works.

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Over the last 6 years the site has expanded with more and more artworks on display and it is obvious that the people of Vilnius are very proud of this artistic project. What is interesting is that despite graffiti being a “plague” around the city no one has desecrated this…

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