Creative Lithuania: Vilnius Street Art Festival 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sometimes living in Lithuania can be a challenge (oh those dark winter days!), so I wanted to focus on forgetting about the challenges and enjoying the positives. To do so, I've started a monthly post (the second Friday of each month) that features the more creative side of Lithuania. In previous posts I've written about Uzupis, which is truly a creative mecca. For this series I wanted to focus on creative events, unique aspects of the culture or language, and cool places that I find around Lithuania. Previously I've written about Open Kitchen, the Beer Marathon, a Cat Cafe, the Lithuanian Design Block, Pottery Class, Coffee Enthusiasm, A book fair, and a felting class.  If you have any suggestions of things to check out I'd love to hear them!

If you would like to participate in sharing creative things about where you live, tag your photos on Instagram or tweets on Twitter with #CreativeLithuania or #CreativeLocale. I'd love to see the creative side of every country! I'll share my favorite tweets and photos each month on social media and here on the blog.

And we're back with a new season of #CreativeLithuania! I have been checking out a ton of new creative events that have been happening around Vilnius and I'm excited share them with you. First up is the Vilnius Street Art Festival that happened around the city from August 19 until September 23. This festival started in 2013 and has since become a yearly event. Now I could be wrong (the information in English is limited and sad to say that my Lithuanian still stinks), but, from what I understand, the 2015 Street Art Festival was meant to beautify and help to rejuvenate the Stotis Neighborhood (near the train and bus stations). 

Five notable street artists from around the world were invited to Vilnius to create new pieces of art on selected buildings in the city. The first piece that I saw around the city (I had a street art map for these new paintings!) was by Millo, a street artist with a very distinctive black and white style, who is from Italy. 

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Around the corner form Millo's painting, is another large work by the twin artists Osgemeos, who are from Brazil. I love that the person looks like he is popping out of a rubber building. This also really livens up the outdoor eating space and area near Kuele Ruke (the awesome pulled pork place). 


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Strolling down the uneven sidewalks in alleys near the Egg Statue we found a large, dark piece by the artists Sepe and Chazme, from Poland. This piece is a bit sketchy and dark, but is perfect for the building and the location. I think my favorite part of this piece is actually the top of the building (where the chimneys are) because of the cool texture and 3-D look that it gives the building.


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There are also pieces by Mobstr and Antanas Dubra, which I haven't yet had the chance to track down. From Mobstr's website I can see that the piece in Vilnius is written words. Antanas Dubra painted a large mural, entitled 'Grumpy side of the moon,' on the airport tower. J has been to the airport several times recently and hasn't noticed the mural - so perhaps you really need to keep an eye out for it if you are looking.


While we are at it, let's take a look at other pieces from previous years of the Street Art Festival...


Street Art Festival 2014

4 by Tank Petrol

5 by ARYZ

6 (*Sorry for the distant photo! I had a stroller and their were only stairs) by M-City


Street Art Festival 2013

7 by Jurgis Tarabilda

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Other Murals Around Vilnius



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*Notes: The numbers under the photos correspond to locations on the map. Murals that I don't have photos of are not numbered on the map. This map is up-to-date as of September/October 2015; however, many pieces change frequently, so don't be surprised if a piece isn't there any longer. This list is far from comprehensive - I know that I've missed some pieces from around the city. If you find something new I'd love for you to share it with me via social media (@insearchofs)!






Have you heard of these artists before? Where have you seen their art? Which is your favorite piece?

2 comments:

  1. Really nice wall drawings, I've never imagined about these existing despite I am living in Vilnius for five years. Looks like really nice buildings to live also. But I things there is little chances to get an apartment on one of these buildings. I've checked all listed buildings and there is no chance to choose from decorated ones (according to my research on local real estate agencies list - nekilnojamo turto agenturos vilniuje, there no more where to search :/

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    1. I think the best bet for seeing if you could live in a building with street art would be to use the map in this post to find the building numbers and then see if there is anything in that building. What might be cool, too is living across the street from one of these buildings so that you could look out on the street art each day! I think that would be lovely!

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