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Gintaras Karosas - the artist, founder of Europos Parkas and creator of it’s landscape
childhood, as I greet and then finish each day, I have been concerned that
the time I spent be meaningful. I know intuitively that I must justify my
presence on the Earth by doing something that is not casual, something
important not just to me and not just for today. As a result, the idea of
joining nature with human intelligence expressed in pieces of art was born.
Thus the first eternal signs – sculptures – have appeared within a single
tiny piece of land, where not so long ago stood a neglected forest and bog.
I create objects, which are called landscape sculptures. They only belong to a particular space. They do not speak too much; I cleanse them of unnecessary coatings and idle words. Those things and phenomena, which look simple at first sight yet reflect an essence, are meaningful to me.
The artist, founder of Europos Parkas, creator of its landscape, President of the non-profit organisation Europos parkas and winner of the National Award of Advancement.
Gintaras Karosas was born in Kryziokai village, Vilnius district, on the 25th of June, 1968.
He graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts (Department of Sculpture). In 1995 the artist took museum studies in Japan and the USA (at the invitation of the US Information Agency).
While a student at secondary school, he organized several personal exhibitions of graphics in Vilnius and Kaunas.
In 1987 he found a place near Vilnius suitable for a sculpture park and started clearing wild neglected woodland. Gintaras Karosas was nineteen at that time.
In 1991 he erected the first sculpture - the Symbol of Europos Parkas, which was like the foundation stone marking the birth of the Park.
In 1995 Gintaras Karosas was among the top-twenty young people, selected by The Wall Street Journal, who had brought about important changes in Eastern and Central Europe.
In 2001, for his initiative and creativity, the artist received the St Christopher’s statuette (a prestigious award in the city of Vilnius.)
In 2005 the founder of Europos Parkas for the achiewements in development of the social infrastructure awarded 1st degree diploma and the statuette of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas. (a prestigious award of Vilnius County's Governor Administration).
In 2006 Gintaras Karosas was awarded the Cultural Award of Advancement for establishing the open-air Europos Parkas museum. This is part of a select group of national awards called the National Awards of Advancement, which are given to people, whose ideas, inovations and original solutions have contributed to positive changes and have propelled the quality of life in Lithuania and the country’s progress forward.
Apart from the Symbol of Europos Parkas, the Open-Air Museum hosts other large scale works of Gintaras Karosas: Monument of the Centre of Europe, For Your Convenience, LNK Infotree, The Place, Foundations / Window, Continously Changing, From a Dream to the Present, The Sign, The Wall, Culture and etc.
The unique Education Centre - Gintaras Karosas's sculptural architecture with grass roof has been built in Europos Parkas. More information on Education Centre.
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