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MUSEUMS IN VILNIUS

Europos Parkas Museum

    The geographic center of European continent is located within 20 minutes of driving from the center of Vilnius. It is not a joke; this fact was confirmed by the French National Geographic Institute in 1989.To mark the uniqueness of this place the park was founded in 1991 on the initiative of the Lithuanian sculptor Gintaras Karosas. The exhibition of modern sculpture occupies an area of 55 hectares. The open-air museum exhibits over 90 works created by artists from Armenia, Canada, France, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Russia, the USA and other countries. The collection includes works by famous contemporary artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sol Le Witt and Dennis Oppenheim.
     Monumental sculptures harmonize well with the natural landscape. Among the ordinary green trees and bushes the unknown stone plants grow. The strange giant creature, created by Oppenheim, drinks from the lake. Symmetrical composition of Double Negative Pyramid by Le Witt is continued by its reflection on the water.
    You can find yourself in the very center of Europe if you approach the monument by Gintaras Karosas. It contains indications of all the capitals of Europe, information on the distances to them from the park and the direction in which each of them is situated.
     The sculpture called LNK Infotree by Gintaras Karosas was included in Guinness World Records' Book as the worlds' largest artwork. The sculpture made of 3,000 TV sets comprises 700 meter long labyrinth in the form of a tree, in the center of which the statue of Lenin lies. The monument symbolizes Soviet propaganda that had been implanted in people's minds with the help of senseless TV programs during the 50s of Soviet occupation.
     Europos Parkas features unique dynamic sculptures made by Lithuanian artists. The visitors can take a ride around the park in this mobile object and experience the artwork with all their body, not just visually.
     Visitors are welcomed in the Europos Parkas restaurant that serves European cuisine. They can have lunch or dinner either indoors or in the open-air on the terrace under the apple-trees.
Annually more than 60,000 people visit the Europos Parkas museum.



Address: Vilnius, Joneikiskiu, Europos Parkas
Phone: 370-5-2377077, 370-5-2377070