Some time ago we have put forward an application for this year’s public art funding program ‘Kuriu Vilnių’ organised by Vilnius Municipality. Collaborating with Architecture Fund, Vilnius Museum and Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists’ Association we proposed to build a pavilion in P.Cvirka square which would serve as meeting ground for the debates about the future of this space. The project aims to engage with different problematics that relate to the legacy of soviet monuments in contemporary public space and provide a meeting point where different knowledges, worldviews and opinions could be negotiated.
VIEW OF PROPOSED PAVILION FROM STREET LEVEL. SUGGESTED DESIGN SEEKS TO REDUCE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MONUMENT IN THE SQUARE WHILE MAKING IT THE MAIN OBJECT UNDER DISCUSSION AT THE INSIDE SPACE OF THE PAVILION. THE ROOF IS USED AS TERRACE SUGGESTING VIEWS TO THE SQUARE FROM THE EYE LEVEL OF THE MONUMENT WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MAKING IT A PLATFORM TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THIS URBAN SPAC
The main idea was that during warm summer months the pavilion, designed together with architect Sandra Dumčiūtė, should become home for different talks and discussions amongst Vilnius residents, guests, academics and artists. It would also serve as a meeting point for curated walks, platform for various surveys and home for many different events. Besides engaging with complexities of Soviet monument legacy proposed design also seeks to rearticulate this central yet not very lively urban space. We hope that with this project we could trigger a sound and productive public debate about the future of this square.
ROUND IN PLAN SUGGESTED PAVILION IS BUILT AROUND THE SCULPTURE AT THE CIRCULAR TERRACE THAT SERVES AS A PLINTH. THE MONUMENT BASE BECOMES AN ABSTRACT FEATURE OF THE SMALL PATIO WHILE THE SCULPURE ITSELF FALLS BACK TO THE BACKGROUND.