The Greenest Art Museum in the World: Europos Parkas

Yesterday, I found out that the guidebooks which state “Lithuania is perfect for cycling because it is almost completely flat” are wrong. When I cycled the 23 km to Europos Parkas – or “Park of Europe” – from my home in Vilnius, it was one hill after the other. Up and down, up and down. And the same on the way back. But it was a beautiful day trip.

Europos Parkas is an art museum in the forest. It covers a huge area with natural forests, clearings and lakes. There are hundreds of sculptures, but the park is so large that it doesn’t feel cluttered at all. It’s a beautiful place to get lost in and to become surprised by what you can find in this magical forest.

There are exhibits from small

to large.

From massive structures

to delicate ones.

Incorporating the ground,

the water,

and the air.

One of the most famous sculptures is the LNK Infotree for which people could donate old TV sets. Unfortunately, it is no longer visible in its original enormous size, but it is still something impressive to stumble upon during a stroll through the forest.

A few more photos, randomly selected:

I hope you got a feeling for the variety of the art at Europos Parkas. For me, despite the numerous artwork on exhibit, the forest itself was the most beautiful component of this outdoor museum.

(C) for all photos: Andreas Moser on 9 August 2012

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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22 Responses to The Greenest Art Museum in the World: Europos Parkas

  1. Which photo do you like most?
    I will post more photos of my visit to Europos Parkas in the coming days. Stay tuned.

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  3. The “delicate” one, that looks like birds in the air, is my favourite. Though I’d probably spend the most time with the TV trees – there are some really cool sets there! (I love old electrics/electronics – I have a collection of WW2 field phones, the switchboard to operate them, the test set to analyze and repair them, and a pedal generator to power the lot.)
    By the by, I’m not sure if this holds true in Europe, but I can tell you something about our traditional “famous folk on horse” statues here in the US (thinking of the photo of the miniature version). If the horse has both fronts in the air, the person died in battle; if one leg is up, the person died of wounds suffered in battle, and if just standing, the person died of other causes. So whoever the little guy is on that horse, he would’ve died in battle here in the States.
    More useless information, from the keeper of a great trove! :D

    • Robert Passig says:

      Hi John,
      I am the artist of the “Delicate”one. I come to Europos Parkas and make these pieces and leave. Sometimes pieces remain the next summer. I have no feedback. People’s reactions remain an unknown. Thank you for your comment. Europos Parkas has held me in its spell for the past six years.

      Cheers to you!

    • I’m very glad I could give you feedback, Robert, and I find it rather sad that you can’t get more. I spent a lot of time with science-fiction fan artists, mostly doing portrait work, and did everything in my power to encourage those that had talent. (Some were hacks, just cranking out lousy stuff to make money.) It’s a pity that they can’t put small boxes with cards on them at each piece, allowing visitors to leave feedback. I’d hazard a guess you’d get quite a number of good reviews!
      One of the things that I really miss, living out here in the middle of nowhere, is all the art. Chicago had a lot of outdoor works, some good, some bad, and some just plain weird – but all entertaining.. Then again, there are some hilltop views around here that take your breath away, so I guess I come out even. :D

    • Robert Passig says:

      I completely agree about the hilltop views. For 6 years I have done installations at Europos Parkas. I am also a cyclist, so I rent a bicycle for the time. Part of my daily routine is to ride from the Park to town and back. A few kilometers before the Park I pass the same pair of storks with their hatchlings. Just after that there is a view that always makes me stop and look in awe. I am from mountainous country and I live in the Himalayas right now, but those panoramic views in Lithuania are unlike any other.

    • Hi Robert
      I also like the hanging birds so much. It gives a good feeling. That is one of my favorites. I have been in Europos Parkas some days ago and checked them out. Although they don’t shine as in summer but still impressive work. Andreas is going to post a photo of them in winter soon:-)
      Thank you

    • Robert Passig says:

      Thank you so much for your appreciative comments. That they are even there amazes me. I was in Vilnius for the New Year when it became the Cultural Capital. The snow turned everything into a work of art. It would be fun to work with the elements of winter in an installation. I am working on something that will compliment them for next year.

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  5. moroccomama says:

    Love the standing leaf sculptures and the dead TV wall. Is it ok that I’m jealous of so much greenery (I live in the desert).

    • I understand that. Even for me – not living in a desert, the forest was overwhelming. It’s huge, it’s beautiful, it’s far away from the next city and very peaceful and quiet. A paradise!

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  10. Robert says:

    Not sure the best contact address. Don’t feel right about the Law email or personal use. Might need that some time in the future. This is Robert Passig. I did an installation of birds at Europos Parkas last year. You commented on it. Thanks again. I am here again and just finished another piece. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by. My treat.

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