Graffiti is a very important part of life in Vilnius. You can hardly find a place without graffiti in every district. Lazdynai is not an exception; it’s a significant example of using graffiti in the space of the city.
There are many underground passages in Lazdynai, and they are full of graffiti. Here is an interesting example of stencil graffiti – the Mona Lisa combined with the Masons’ symbol. This graffiti was also met in the other parts of the district, but the only combination with such a symbol was found in the underground passage under Laisves avenue.
The most common places for drawing are abandoned food kiosks or transformed kiosks. There are usually a lot of tag graffiti, but character graffiti also can be met. For example, here’s a character from popular internet comics “Cyanide and Happiness”, known for its grim humor. An important trait in this graffiti is the fact that the character “plays” together with the surrounding space.
The second interesting part about graffiti in Lazdynai is the fact that a huge amount of graffiti is situated on the shorter sides of the building, which are usually turned to the streets. For example, there is graffiti drawn on the building with a memorial desk. There are still a lot of disputes, discussing whether it is right or not to draw in such places.
Last, but not least is the fact that graffitist in Lazdynai are striving to transform the surrounding space, covering boring grey surfaces with colorful and meaningful paintings. This represents a desire to reinvent the space, to make it more humanized and individual, less manufactured and monotonous.
Report by Bogdana Pashkevich