Europos Parkas - Statues in Nature

Friday, May 15, 2015

In attempt to see more of Lithuania I created a Bucket List for myself a few months ago. Slowly I've been ticking items off of my list, and most recently J and I accompanied some friends to visit Europos Parkas, which is an open air sculpture museum in the geographic center of Europe. Europos Park was founded in 1991 by the Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas and his works are featured prominently throughout the park. The park also features work from numerous other sculptors worldwide.

Remember, I am so not an artist (yeah biology!), so many of the pieces I just could not understand. Particularly confusing was the piece entitled, "Threshold," which looked to me like a bunch of logs on the ground in the woods. Obviously, I just didn't get it. However, there were some very cool sculptures, like the sculpture made of tv sets that has slowly degraded with time, the giant metal head, and the wavy wall pictured below (I can't remember the actual names of these pieces). Some of the sculptures fit in very well with their surroundings and really were magnificent.

I think my favorite part of the park though, was the creative playground (located near the restaurant). It had play items that I had never seen before and looked like such fun to play on. Even adults seemed to be enjoying them!













Do you have a local bucket list? Have you been to a sculpture park?

14 comments:

  1. I love that place, what a great space to take photographs! I found that we didn't really have a bucket list in Copenhagen until we found out we were leaving, and then we managed to do all sorts! :D

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    1. We are still not 100% sure we will leave at the end of next academic year, but it is a possibility. Lithuania really is a beautiful country, so I'm looking forward to seeing as much as I can!

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    1. I was a really nice way to spend the day outside of the city. Now we just need some warmer weather, so that we can do more!

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  3. This reminds me of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the UK - a huge old country estate full of sculptures and pieces of art inspired by the countryside and nature, ranging from beautiful to downright weird. Thanks for stopping by Hither and Yonder!

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    1. That sounds amazing! I've also been to a sculpture park in Klaipeda, LT, so perhaps sculpture parks are more common than I thought!

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  4. Whoa this place is so cool. I love all the old tvs. :)

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    1. I loved the sculpture with the old tvs - but it was too bad that many of the tvs had been removed.

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  5. I didn't know this place existed! This is such a cool idea and it was executed perfectly- great pictures!

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    1. It was a great way to get out of the city. Thank you!

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  6. WHOA so cool! My favorite is the televisions piece also, and what a different setting! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The tv exhibit was so cool! I'm glad I could share a new place with you :)

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  7. Wow! I love this. Sculpture parks are the best - enjoying art AND nature - ja tak! Yes please! There is a nice one near the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art north of Copenhagen and an excellent one on the Seattle waterfront called Olympic Sculpture park - similar to this very cool looking one. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. When we were in Copenhagen a few years ago we had to decide between visiting the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Helsingor. We chose Helsingor, but we have to go back to see the art museum and the sculpture park. I've never been to Seattle, but I'm sure I'd love the Olympic Sculpture Park!

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