The Museum of the Centre of Europe, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Photos by Stephen Hartshorne

The geographic center of Europe is just 17 kilometers east of Vilnius, Lithania. Here, partly on land that belonged to his family before WWII, and partly on land leased from the government, a 19-year-old art student named Gintaras Karosas founded The Museum of the Centre of Europe, a collection of outdoor sculptures placed in carefully landscaped woodland settings.

The collection includes more than 90 works from 27 countries, including Armenia, Belarus, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, the United States, and Venezuela.

The first piece you come to is Karosas’ own installation, LNK Infotree, a 700-meter labyrinth in the form of a tree, which includes 3,000 television sets, with a toppled statue of Lenin in its center.


LNK Infotree, Gintaras Karosas, Lithuania

Electricity, Evaldas Pauza, Lithania
Electricity, Evaldas Pauza, Lithuania
Drinking Structure with Exposed Kidney Pool, Dennia Oppenheim, USA
Drinking Structure with Exposed Kidney Pool, Dennia Oppenheim, USA
This chap looks terribly pleased with himself.This chap looks terribly pleased with himself.
And well he should. He's caught a rabbit! At the Park, Evaldas Pauza, Lithuania
And he should be. He’s caught a rabbit! At the Park, Evaldas Pauza, Lithuania.
Double Negative Pyramid, Sol LeWitt, USA
Double Negative Pyramid, Sol LeWitt, USA
Mobile Games, Mindaugas Tendziagolskis, Lithuania
Mobile Games, Mindaugas Tendziagolskis, Lithuania
Enjoying Mobile Games
Enjoying Mobile Games
Space of Unknown Growth, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland
Space of Unknown Growth, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland
Space of Unknown Growth, second viewSpace of Unknown Growth, second view
Seated Policeman, Evaldas Pauza, Lithania
Seated Policeman, Evaldas Pauza, Lithania.
Chair Pool, Dennia Oppenheim, USA
Chair Pool, Dennia Oppenheim, USA

 

The Museum hosts symposia, concerts, festivals and artist-in-residence programs.

The Museum hosts symposia, concerts, festivals and artist-in-residence programs.

 

Gintaras Karosas

Gintaras Karosas

 

Even the woodpiles are works of art.

Even the woodpiles are works of art.

Into the labyrinth

Into the labyrinth of televisions

A wide view of Infotree

A wide view of Infotree

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