Placemaking

Glass quarter

A social project which aims to bring the abandoned parts of the old town back to life, and to create new cultural routes full of unique stories presented in innovative ways to attract cultural consumers and tourism groups. The streets of Stikliai (Glazier), Gaono, Zydu (Jewish’s), and M. Antokolskio make a block that in 2018 was named ‘Glass quarter’ by the business and cultural community.

This is a very well-known, yet unfamiliar part of the old town, whose layered stories remain untold due to the ever changing cultures. I’m creating the positioning of the identity of this quarter so that it can be rediscovered by the residents and the guests of Vilnius. It is a very cosy, outstanding (as it is next to the main streets of Vokieciu and Didzioji), yet hidden part of the capital city Of Lithuania with a very rich and unique history.

Back in the 15th century, the square was a goldsmith’s village, and in the 16th it was home for glass manufactories. In the 17th century, it became the first Jewish ghetto, which was the reason why for the span 200 years it was the most active trade space in the city. I believe that my knowledge and experience could serve for the awakening of other spaces of the city’s as well.

This is how I am growing the outfit of the city. Bringing life into the Vilnius old town quarter is the the first initiative of its kind, and I am excited to be able to support it with my expertise and effort when making the first, crucial steps.

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Urban scenography

Old town lightening installation made together with Adam Decolight company. Three different coloured installations, made of glass beads imitation. It reflects the glass manufacturing identity of the old block of Vilnius called Glass quarter and reminds about the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. Mistletoe is a plant that grows on range of trees including willow, apple and oak trees. The tradition of hanging it in the house goes back to the times of the ancient Druids. It was also used as a sign of love and friendship in Norse mythology and that’s where the custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from.

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