On 14 July, a new green recreational space was opened in Antakalnis, the oldest district in Vilnius: a park of multifunctional works of art. Lithuanian sculptors recognised in the world of art created the benches–sculptures mounted in the park. The park is located near the largest public path in Antakalnis, right next to V. Žalakevičius street.
Famous artists were gathered to work on the project by MG Valda real estate company in cooperation with Vilnius City Municipality, while chief architect of ‘Antakalnio terasos’ Algirdas Kaušpėdas helped to select the designs of the projects adapted to the park.
According to Chief specialist of Development Planning Division of Vilnius City Municipality architect Vaiva Deveikienė, this project is a practical example when the RE developer in cooperation with a city municipality creates valuable space for citizens, which embellishes and supplements the city.
‘Green spaces help to bring people together, promote the sense of community, while in the case in question help to learn about the culture and most famous artists of own country. We are happy to be able to create such spaces and we always approve of business wish to contribute to the creation of social welfare’, said Ms. Deveikienė.
The location for the park was selected taking people’s flows and their needs into consideration: the intention was to create space for active leisure and quiet relaxation surrounded by greenery. The sculptures of the park were selected from over 20 unique offers of sculptors: the designs offered by Rytas Jonas Balevičius, Kęstutis Musteikis, Dalia Matulaitė, Arvydas Ališanka, Kazys Venclova, and Mindaugas Junčis were chosen.
‘The whole process of the realisation of the bench-sculpture park idea was quite constructive: sculptors’ community offered a great variety of designs, therefore the list of choices was really vast. Our purpose was to create an opportunity for Vilnius residents to get to know more sculptors, therefore different authors were chosen. Of course, we tried to integrate all the sculptures to ensure their best revelation and formation of one composition which could be understood as one ally of benches–sculptures in the city’, stated Mr. Kaušpėdas.
According to Head of MG Communication Simonas Lyvas, the Antakalnis park of benches–sculptures is a new public space created for Antakalnis community and all Vilnius residents, which is intended for both active leisure and quiet relaxation in artistic surroundings.
‘We want to create the city in which living would be nice, therefore our goal was to ensure that the new space would give an opportunity to the community not only to relax but would also perform cultural function: widen horizon in the field of art. We already see the park of benches–sculptures receiving growing number of visitors every day’, said Mr. Lyvas.
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