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”.
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”.
Šiuklšlėms (For trash), a dedication to graphomania, by the owners of the neighbouring Tattoo parlour
Dedication to street writers
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?
“I won’t write anymore” is a place for an oath to all those who want to give up their Banksy side of life.
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”.
Dedication to Martynas Mažvydas, the author of the first printed book in LT language.
Click the image to consult a complete list of the artworks.
For more information about the Literati Street Project please visit the official website.
Words and pictures by Jurgita Po.Alessi