There’s so much street art in Kaunas and it’s so brilliant!
Walking around the city you’ll come across large and impressive murals, cool paste-ups and one magical courtyard full of art.
It’s evident that the city respects and values its artists, and they in return make wonderful pieces that put smiles on people’s faces.
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Here’s a selection of the most famous pieces of street art in Kaunas and the ones I loved best:
One of my favourite murals in Kaunas is this quirky piece:
Two characters from Leonardo da Vinci paintings turned contemporary with headphones on a chess board.
It covers the wall of the Kaunas University of Technology.
The address is 37 A. Mickevičiaus Street.
The wise old man
This is a well know mural showing Jurgis Mačiūnas smoking a pipe and sitting in an impossible position on a building.
You can see this mural when you exit Kaunas Castle and it’s difficult to ignore. It’s worth getting closer to see the work in full.
The wise old man in the painting was a Lithuanian artist, the father of the Fluxus movement in the 1960s. It was a multi disciplinary art movement that was quite revolutionary.
After this mural was made, it was adopted by the city as one of its symbols.
The address is 3 Jonavos Street.
The yard gallery – a kaunas street art gem
The highlight for any street art lover visiting Kaunas is this residential courtyard that became a gallery of urban art.
It was an initiative by one of the residents, artist Vytenis Jakas, who started this creative project and whose works are all around the the yard.
There’s a lot to see in the Yard Gallery and you want to take your time and look at the walls, look up at the balconies and generally look everywhere.
The address is 25 E. Ožeškienės Street and when you visit remember it’s residential so be considerate.
The two pink elephants
There are two pink elephants in Kaunas.
One is a huge sculpture found in the Yard Gallery:
The other is a wall painting that you’ll see on the same street as the Yard Gallery, after you exit the yard and walk up the street.
The address is 18A E. Ožeškienės Street.
Painted by Vytenis Jaka, it was inspired by a piece of graffiti sprayed by two lovers on the same wall.
This pink elephant is pretty popular with just about anyone passing by, so you might have to wait a couple of minutes before you can take your selfie with it 😉
Lithuanian national radio mural
This magnificent mural was commissioned and painted for the 90th Anniversary of the Lithuanian National Radio.
I love the way it merges with the building and the street and uses old black & white photographs alongside bold colours.
The address is 28A S. Dauukanto Street.
Not far from the castle, this abandoned building was decorated with the face of a young man that looks like a poster boy for classical Greek beauty.
The address is 13 Pilies Street.
The routine of art
I came across this beautiful mural with the interesting title “The Routine of Art” on a small street in the Old Town. However, I’ve been told this piece of art is no longer there, after a building reconstruction.
More street art in kaunas
There’s a lot more street art to explore in Kaunas 🙂
I hope this selection gave you a taste of what you can expect: Vibrant and thought provoking art.
To find more street art in Kaunas, get the illustrated map from Kaunas Tourist Information Centre that lists all the excellent works of art around the city.
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