Street art represents in general a very large area of visual arts created or exposed in public places, so it doesn’t refer only to graffiti, as some people might think. Some critics say that street art is becoming nowadays more mainstream and some others do not even recognize it as art.
I am very much into all sorts of original and clean expressed street art. I’ve seen cities, where graffitis were symbolizing various historical or political major events of the country. On the other hand, some others were related to some second hand celebrities or were just funny to see or accompanied by either a weird or an idealistic sentence.
As you might have noticed, the Uzupis Mermaid made of bronze is one of the symbols of the city. Uzupis means “the place beyond the river” and the legend says that it is the mermaid who attracts people from all over the world to Vilnius. Those who surrender to her charm, will stay in the place beyond the river forever.
The capital city of Lithuania might not be the best spot to discover street art, but I have to admit that I had the chance to see during the short time I have spent in Vilnius many artistic places and well maintained monuments. I didn’t miss the chance to shot some street art in several forms while I was shown the city. The kindness of the locals was also much more than what I was expecting, although the Eastern European way of life is quite present in most of the corners of the city.