For some reason I didn’t have my hopes too high when it comes to Vilnius street art. I’ve been to the capital of Lithuania couple of times before yet the creative side of it never really caught up my attention. There were few pieces here and there, especially in Uzupis, the bohemian heart of the city, but overall I didn’t have the impression of Vilnius as the street art city. When I went there again, last autumn, my mission was to find as many street art and alternative spots as possible. And, as it turned out it was a piece of cake! The center was full of street art, literally around each corner. You just have to have your eyes open to notice it!
Where to find Vilnius street art
Even if Vilnius Old Town – the most spectacular part of the city – is full of spiritual buildings and beautiful houses it is also where a lot of Vilnius street art can be found! Small stickers, stencils, quotes or random graffiti are strewn around the place. While the main street – Pilies – looks fancy with touristic restaurants and souvenir shops a one turn left or right might take us into the rusty alley full of the creative expressions in various forms. Just few steps away from the Cathedral, on Odminiu street, a wonderful mural by local artists Jurgis Tarabilda embellishes the random wall, giving the random lane a different look. While the Old Town is very poor in murals this one is a sign the street art scene in Vilnius is growing and better times are approaching fast.
On the other side of Neris river, along Olimpieciu street, couple of spots full of street art are to be found too. One of them – so called Graffiti Pier – is were it is legal to create freely. The demand is so big that the works displayed are changing very often, making it one of the greatest street art galleries in Vilnius. Other spots worth checking for some decent pieces are around Frank Zappa monument, all over Uzupis or on Pylimo street where the abandoned cinema „Lietuva” got a new life with the mural by Ernest Zacharewicz (sadly destroyed by some illegal tags).
In last few years Vilnius has organized the street art festival that resulted in a bigger presence of this form of art in the capital of Lithuania. What I’ve already managed to find there surprised me in a positive way, just take a look!
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