The first legalized piece of street art in Lithuania
Morfai: Primary version of this piece was made by Lithuanian artist Morfai in 2008. Then at night without any permission simple stencil was sprayed on the wall in one of the main place of the city called “Vytautas the Great War Museum”.
Sadly this fine piece was overpainted and the light that was build to light the sculpture rotated elsewhere. Morfai thinks this was done by old-fashioned architect of the place.
With following years the picture of the piece went viral on internet and press. It was shown on the Russian first channel live on the TV game “What? Where? When?” as a tricky question that no one could guess.
Later the local government changed and new politics started the project “Kaunas Highlights” in which artist Morfai participated. He won the third place and permission to install the stars in to the wall. After three weeks of work stars made out of stone was installed. The lightning put in to the right place and now the people after 8 years of waiting get the first legalized piece of street art in Lithuania and probably in all Baltic states.
The Russian Occupation
Mindaugas: To those of you wondering, this statue symbolizes every man who was smuggling Lithuanian books and print to Lithuania from nearby countries during the Russian Occupation from 1795 to 1918. During that period Lithuanian language was prohibited and while some people were printing Lithuanian books in nearby countries (where the language was not prohibited), others had to smuggle the books to Lithuania. If caught a man could receive a death sentence or deportation to Siberia, even for a few pages of Lithuanian word.