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Literati Street, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine

Literati Street, Vilnius.

Love writing on the walls? You’re welcome! There’s a street in Vilnius where it is all very legal – no bans no fines no scandals, just some basic rules to follow. First, you should be an artist. Second, your artwork should be a dedication to a literature or art worker that is (or was), in a way or another, related to Lithuania. Third, you’re free to choose your favourite material and technique between ceramics or sculpture, glass or wallpainting.

Literati Street is a project launched in 2008, and today its houses’ walls host up to 173 dedications. Follow me as I will guide you through some of my favourite ones.


“To the unknown poets of everyday prose”.

Literati Street Project, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine

By Saulė Želnytė

Copy and Paste is a reference to the homonymous poem by a young Lithuanian poet Donatas Petrošius. Here’s a part of it:

“copy your body
and mind and every night paste yourself
in to the most beautiful woman’s bed
just copy and paste
just do it”.

Literati Street Project, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine

By Marta Vosyliūtė

Šiuklšlėms (For trash), a dedication to graphomania, by the owners of the neighbouring Tattoo parlour

Literati Street Project, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine

By Tattoo

Dedication to street writers

Literati Street Project, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine

By Moloko

Dedication to Gintaras Grajauskas. I’m unaware of the exact meaning of this artwork, but one thing is sure: someone clearly tried to strip off that knife on the right. No success?

Literati Street Project, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine

By Darius Vaičekauskas

“I won’t write anymore” is a place for an oath to all those who want to give up their Banksy side of life.

Literati Street Project, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine

By folk artisans

Castor & Pollux is a multiple name used by the so-called Lithuanian cultural terrorists. They first appeared in Lithuanian cultural press in early 2006, and have published a huge ammount of counter-cultural texts which, to quote Castor & Pollux, “gradually obtained coherent revolutionary retorics and stepped away from narrow cultural ghetto into wider social-political contexts”.

Literati Street Project, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine

Prosthesis of Lithuanian literature, by Sintezija

Dedication to Martynas Mažvydas, the author of the first printed book in LT language.

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By Eglė Vertelkaitė

Click the image to consult a complete list of the artworks.

Literati Street Project, Vilnius - Bastart Web Magazine


For more information about the Literati Street Project please visit the official website.

Words and pictures by Jurgita Po.Alessi
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