RECENT MONUMENTS IN THE SQUARES OF THE CENTRAL PART OF VILNIUS (Naujausi paminklu pavidalai Vilniaus miesto centrines dalies aikstese)
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The paper deals with the recent projects of monuments and their realization for the squares of the central part of Vilnius. The aim of the analysis is to reveal essential features of recent memorial designs and their influence on the form and content of specific public spaces. The analysis of recent designs for Arkikatedra, V. Kudirka and Lukiskes Squares is contextualized with the help of a brief review of historic monuments of Vilnius. Particular attention is paid to the semantic aspect of architectural monument composition, imagery, technologies and materials. A conclusion is drawn that recent memorial designs for public squares are based on conservative ideology, and its development is mostly limited to traditional means of expression and usage of power symbols. Nevertheless, there are indications of a growing number of design proposals that are directed toward attempts to broaden the concept of monumental art and to bring out innovative tendencies.
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