Fountain “Three Birds”
(Draugystės Ave 25, near “Šiauliai” hotel)
At the end of the boulevard, in front of “Šiauliai” Hotel, one of the most spectacular fountains in Šiauliai “Three Birds” was built (1981). Its authors are sculptor K.Kasperavičius and architect A.Černiauskas. The sculpture is made of concrete, coated with copper plates. The material is noble and durable.
The group of three stylized birds is dynamic, their raised wings create an expressive silhouette. Smooth curved lines and soft shapes contrast with strict shapes of surrounding buildings, mitigate their geometry.
Looking at the “birds” from different points, plastic lines are as if changing, create the impression of move, the birds are as if turning and flapping their wings. Such spectacular view of the fountain attracts people on warm days, who spend their free time enjoying rippling water and eye enchanting views. Three huge stylized swallows look most beautiful from top floors of Šiauliai hotel.
(intersection of Rūdės and Vilniaus streets)
Rūdės stream was first mentioned in 1863, when the officer Nikolayev, describing his crusade against rebels, mentioned that he had passed the bridge over Rūdė stream.
Šiauliai used to be devastated by plagues, various epidemics, fires. Although the city was located at the crossroad of important roads, no big river flowed through it. Rūdės stream partially satisfied water needs of the city. Eventually the rivulet hid under the ground and continued flowing along the street, which appropriated its name.
The small fountain was built in 1986, when the city was being decorated for its 750 anniversary. The small four part polished granite dome marks the depression on Vilniaus Street, under which the Rūdė rivulet, squeezed in underground pipes, keeps gushing. It took a lot of effort to curb this fast-flowing stream so that we can now see the long-lasting fountain with strange ancient carvings on the sides. These carved drawings depict the rower and the archer. The name of the stream says that the stream was brown, that is why the dome is made of brown granite. This small fountain shows the lowest location of the boulevard.
Author sculptor Kazys Kasperavičius, 1986.
(intersection of Vilniaus and Tilžės streets)
The fountain-sculpture “Pelicans” was built in the busiest section of the boulevard in 1978. Its author is Birutė Kasperavičienė. Pelicans are cast from concrete and covered with hammered copper. Probably many Šiauliai residents or city guests consider why these exotic birds appeared in Šiauliai. The legend says that once two pelicans in love lagged behind their squad, lost their way and instead of flying south turned north. Flying above the city of Northern Lithuania Šiauliai, they landed in the puddle to quench thirst. Here the evil sorceress turned them into stones. Pelicans have stood in Šiauliai for several decades and will still stand for a long time, delighting passers-by.
The fountain “Pelicans” is one of the oldest fountains in Šiauliai, its height is 100 cm. The fountain was reconstructed in 2003.
(intersection of Vilniaus St and Kaštonų Ave)
In 1979, Vilniaus Street in front of the Chestnut Avenue was decorated by the sculpture “Motherhood”, made by sculptor Aloyzas Toleikis. An almost naked woman with a young child on her knees is an intimate scene, which in life is usually concealed from outsiders. The sculpture is placed in a quite busy place of the city and passers-by as if become witnesses and participants of this intimate scene. The bronze sculpture is placed on a rectangular rise. In 2009, during the reconstruction of the boulevard, the sculpture was supplemented by the fountain, which together with greenery created cosy and pleasant neighbourhood.
Sculpture “Three Elves”
(intersection of Vilniaus St and Kaštonų Ave)
When in 1975 the central part of Vilniaus street turned into a calm and cosy pedestrian boulevard, it was attempted to beautify and decorate it with small architectural objects created by Šiauliai artists. The white marble sculpture consisting of three figures “Three Elves”, created in 1977, is also part of small architecture pieces of art decorating the boulevard today.
When chestnuts flare up with white candles of blossoms, it seems that three elves standing on the avenue named after them revive. Serious and dignified are these small bearded men but their seriousness radiates kindness and recalls good trolls from Scandinavian mythology. Author of the “elves” Birutė Kasperavičienė assures that elves’ childish faces do not depict anything. This triplet had belonged to the city since the very beginning; it has become liked by Šiauliai residents and guests of the city.
Composition “Grandfather with Grandchildren”
(the Resurrection Square)
In 1976, in one of the areas of the Resurrection Square that was reconstructed in 1974, in the shade of majestic trees, Birutė Kasperavičienė’s sculptural group “Grandfather with Grandchildren” was built. The sculpture portrays three kind grandchildren who have climbed on the resting grandfather, to whom neither the burden of years nor the burden of grandchildren are heavy because it gives a sense to the man’s life. The sculpture “Grandfather with Grandchildren”, breathing great warmth, is included into the list of cultural monuments of Lithuania as a local art monument.
Sculpture “The Reading Man”
(Tilžės St 151, near the Drama theatre)
The sculpture “The Reading Man” is a metal elderly man standing on round paving stones, which remind of pre-war times. Metal sculpture artist Henrikas Orakauskas was creating “The Reading Man” several years and it “stood” in its place in 1983. The chief painter of the city Vilius Puronas also contributed to designing and building of the sculpture.
“The Reading Man” makes sense of cultural traditions and links between the past and the present. It reminds that the old Šiauliai used to be a big press centre, which had several printing houses. It recalls that previously there was a widely known A. Jakavičius’ bookstore not far from the place where the statue stands. Celebrating the 769 birthday of the city, the sculpture “The Reading Man” was renewed; this is the merit of the very author of the sculpture Henrikas Orakauskas.
Sculpture “The Girl with a Small Pipe”
(intersection of Vilniaus St and Kaštonų Ave)
In 1985, the courtyard of the central building of K. Preikšas Pedagogical Institute (now Šiauliai University) was decorated with the sculptor Aloyzas Toleikis’ decorative bronze sculpture of “The Girl with a Small Pipe”. This sculpture stood in the inner courtyard of Šiauliai University for more than 20 years but at the beginning of reconstruction of the courtyard it was decided to move elsewhere.
The author of the piece of art Aloyzas Toleikis, who has selected the place for the sculpture next to Didždvaris gymnasium, is pleased that this is a very good place for the sculpture because it is busy, well-liked by young people and properly lighted. The sculpture symbolizing youth, like stiffened music radiates goodness and gives a sense to the history of Šiauliai girls’ gymnasium, which goes back to more than a hundred years.
Composition “Angels’ Rain”
(Vilniaus St 245, on the wall of Šiauliai Art Gallery)
Artistic composition created by Reda Uogintienė “Angels’ Rain” in 2014, consists of angel-like human figures, reminding of unusual shapes of water-drops, hanging on the wall of Šiauliai Art Gallery. Raindrops are dripping from them only when it rains, while at other times they radiate the author’s peculiar artistic touch. The artist says that the idea to create angels came having thought about Pope John Paul II who visited this part of the city.
“Angels’ Rain” appeared during summer. The artist implemented the idea together with her husband, also the artist, Arūnas Uogintas.
Sculpture “My Shoes”
(Vilniaus St 245, near Šiauliai Art Gallery)
The sculptural composition called “My Shoes” by Martynas Gaubas appeared in Šiauliai near the Art Gallery. In the author’s opinion, shoes can become the top destination, where people will want to be photographed. The artist had foreseen the place for the sculpture “My Shoes” in the middle of the boulevard but the shoes were built on a small rise near the Art Gallery. One can see elements of the coat of arms of Šiauliai – the bull, bear and the eye – on one of the shoes and the symbol of Šiauliai “The Archer”, the inscription “Šiauliai” and laurel leaves, decorating the coat of arms, on the other.
According to M.Gaubas, the lime growing next to the gallery adds strangeness and certain interactivity to these shoes because there are several dozen of pairs of trainers thrown by skateboarders on its branches. M. Gaubas hopes that Šiauliai residents will accept shoes as their own. The artist told that the shoes had already been tried on both by himself and his family members and friends. According to the author, all argued that trying out the shoes is accompanied by a very good feeling. If you stand in the shoes longer, you might succeed.
Fountain “Solar Discs”
(the Resurrection Square, the area in front of Šiauliai city municipality building)
On October 1, 2006, celebrating the 770 anniversary of Šiauliai city, in the Resurrection Square, in front of Šiauliai city municipality building the renovated area was opened, inviting city residents to meet, relax and socialize. The fountain glowing in the middle of the square stands out by its laconic shape and polished steel – material that is not typical to fountains. The outside of three 20 centimetres thick stainless polished steel discs is decorated with smiling faces and the inside, with ironic naturalistic drawings. The discs are placed in three shallow basins, differing in shapes, which make up a square with sides six meters in length. The largest disc from the side of the municipality building reaches 300 centimetres, the middle one with the drawing, 290 centimetres, and the smallest, 260 centimetres. The basins are separated by paths for playing children to run. Having reached the internal space of the fountain, one can touch the drawing etched on the middle disc: 138 centimetres high tall paunchy conductor wearing a tailcoat and conducting six froglets, all situated on the opposite discs. Although the drawing is etched only on the middle disc, it is reflected in other discs too, creating the field of glare, flicker, motion and change. Water here not only just trickles but dynamically falls, turns in streams from upper parts of discs. This is a new symbol of today’s Šiauliai, reflecting the Sun in its specular steel discs and the town’s history in its environment.
The author of the sculpture is Gintautas Lukošaitis, drawings have been made by his brother Mindaugas Lukošaitis, the architect is Artūras Burba. For a certain time the sculpture did not have the name; therefore, the competition was announced to select the name. 74 proposals of Šiauliai residents, given by solitary persons, institutions, organisations, were received; proposals came even from abroad.
Monument “The First Day”
(intersection of P.Višinskio and Stoties streets)
This monument is dedicated to the enlightened person, teacher, publicist and public figure, author of textbooks for schools, Jonas Murka (1889-1945). J. Murka is a creator of the national school, the author of 19 books, who lived and worked most of his life in Šiauliai. In 1928, for his educational work he was awarded a fourth-degree Order of Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.
“The First Day” is a monument not only to Jonas Murka, but in general, it is probably the first monument to the Teacher in Lithuania. It is a nice example of patronage. The sculpture is placed on a book, which symbolizes the source of knowledge, from which the tree grows. There is a black sphere on its top, symbolizing darkness; rays penetrating through it mean light that fragments darkness. Educational light spreads to six cardinal points. The sculptor from Vilnius Džiugas Jurkūnas matured the idea to perpetuate the memory of the great-grandfather a decade ago and was very pleased that he had the opportunity to implement it. The monument was designed and built for private funds of Jonas Murka’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.
(the Resurrection Square)
Gilded sculpture placed on a corroded water supply pipe depicts a crying girl. This piece of art made by sculptor Gintautas Lukošaitis allows various interpretations. According to the author, the child’s cry can be perceived as defence, warning, whim, danger. According to G. Lukošaitis, in this case such emotion of the girl is a provocation that can mean many things like anxiety and pain because of vanishing Lithuania, the hope of recovery, etc.
Art critic Virginijus Kinčinaitis described the sculpture “Cry” as a particularly realistic and modern piece of art, symbolising protest and freedom.
The sculpture, which has won the competition of artistic accents of Šiauliai, was built in the middle of the Resurrection square, in the city centre of Šiauliai, in 2015, during the annual festival of the city.