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Lukiskiu Square in Vilnius to feature monument resembling guerrilla bunker, forest

BC, Vilnius, 28.11.2017.Print version
A memorial to freedom fighters resembling a forest and guerrilla bunkers will be built in the central Lukiskiu Square in Vilnius, informs LETA/BNS.

The work by sculptor Andrius Labasauskas triumphed in a competition of five entries and was picked by a team of experts and a public survey.

"The project by Labasauskas was picked by votes of experts and the society half-in-half," Culture Vice-Minister Gintaute Zemaityte told journalists.

The author said his idea was to make the Lukiskiu Square next to Gedimino Avenue an open area, with the idea of freedom embodied by playing children and picnicking people.

"People on paths, green areas or the hill (…) will be able to have picnics, play ball, walk their dogs and play with children – this is the image and something that the participants of freedom fights fought for – being free in space," Labasauskas said in his presentation.

Discussions on the fate of the Lukiskiu Square have been continuing since Lithuania regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 and removed the Lenin sculpture from the square.

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