The project Signs of Vilnius is dedicated to the capital city and the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of restored Lithuanian independence. Against a background of our historical cultural heritage, the signs of steel provide a new interpretation of the entire Lithuanian history and embody the past, the present and the future of our State and nation.
The project focuses on the Neris River, crossed by bridges, representing the live axisof Vilnius and linking the old and new parts of the city. The river as a sign of time flow and our history deserves more artistic consideration. The approach to be taken should not be rational only but also somewhat baroque and modern at the same time. It is this elaborate combination of baroque and modern styles that Signs of Vilnius, the sculptures under the bridges across the Neris River in the city centre, strive to achieve.
The idea of the project has been implemented in 6 stainless steel sculptures to be installed under the following bridges of Vilnius: Žirmūnai, Green, White, Iron Wolf, Žvėrynas and Liubartas. The large-scale abstract sculptures ranging from 5 to 20 m linked by the same idea and symbols together with the bridges form an integral cycle to commemorate important moments of the Lithuanian State.
The shapes of the sculptures represent the universal symbols, particularly characteristic of the Baroque epoch. These symbols were also common in the Vilnius baroque considered to be the golden age of Vilnius culture. They are evident not only in architecture but also in less frequently seen emblems – old Vilnius publications and in the coats-of-arms, one of the most significant attributes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania taken over from the culture of Western baroque.
The Royal Apple (the Žirmūnai bridge)
The Chain (the Žaliasis bridge)
The Ray-Spear (the Baltasis bridge)
The Ring (the Geležinio vilko bridge)
The Ship-Crescent (The Žvėrynas bridge)
The Spiral of Time (the Liubartas bridge)