I’ve walked down Upes g. along the bank of the River Neris flowing through Vilnius on may occasions and wondered about this piece of pipework.
Walking across the white pedestrian bridge (Baltasis tiltas) over the River Neris to Upes g.you see the VCUP (Vilnius Central Department Store) on the right (the old cooperative store in soviet times) and Hotel Lietuva (now a Radisson hotel) famous for its Sky Bar, casino and Riverside restaurant centre left. (Rumour has it that it was a favourite meeting place for soviet big-wigs, local mafya, and call girls before independence).
You can see the Europa Centre in the centre background further back on Konstitucijos pr.and various office blocks housing banks and IT centres. Halfway across the bridge is Mambo Pizza close to the Summer sports areas and the skateboard park.
You can also see to the left a sculpture of the logo for European Capital of Culture.
This was created by K. Vildžiūnas and M. Lukošius in 2010 and is part of the project ‘Signs of Vilnius’ (Vilniaus Zenklai) dedicated to the capital city.
They seem to like stone things in Lithuania. The boulder decorated with vegetation is on the corner of Šnipiškiu g.and Upes g. with seats nearby so you can sit and contemplate the meaning of life – or just watch the world go by.
I don’t know what it is and the locals don’t seem to know either. It looks like a giant fish-hook on wheels!