Graphic and communication design

2023 marks the 700th anniversary of the first mention of Vilnius in a letter from Grand Duke Gediminas.

“The uniqueness of Vilnius' 700th anniversary program is openness. Vilnius community, Lithuanian society, diaspora - everyone can offer their ideas and projects to the program. ” - says Darius Kuolys, a member of the Vilnius City Council, one of the organizers of the program.

The first-year students of the interior design study program, led by lecturers Veronika Žvirbė and Rasa Mazūrienė, decided to offer their ideas to commemorate the honorable anniversary of Vilnius. The project was curated by Nerilė Urbonaitė, coordinator of educational programs of the Vilnius Castles State Cultural Reserve Directorate.

Based on the submitted historical, visual and written material of the Vilnius Castles State Cultural Reserve, the students of the DN20D-1 group of the Interior Design study program created creative installations. The installation was to reflect the peculiarities of the object and become a hint for the visitors of Vilnius Castle Reserve, encouraging a deeper interest in the rich history of the area.

IDEA: Pineapple

Authors: Viktorija Skirutytė and Ksenija Smirnova (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Location: Mountain Park, Altana

The idea for the installation came from learning that exotic flowers and plants were once grown on the roof of the altar. Remembering Janina Dłuskas, who was a painter, a dress designer, a decorator, an artist from the elite fashion magazines of Paris and Munich, and a merciful sister, she decided to supplement the installation with swings - interpreting freedom and a sense of flight.

Implementation of the idea:

  1. To convey the pineapple theme on the building;

  2. Mount flower-shaped flashlights to the building;

  3. Install LED strips on the walls of the building and on the branches of trees;

  4. Hang hammocks on trees;

  5. Tie a tarzank and a swing on the branches.

IDEA: "Goddesses"

Authors: Emilija Norvydaitė and Kamilė Mikalauskaitė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Location: Altar of Kriviai Hill.

The oldest Lithuanian deities living on earth were female goddesses. They patronize forests, homes, land, harmony, beauty, love, and more. Also, at the same time, the concept of female supernatural beings living in the forests or waters of the tribal territory was formed. Therefore, the authors believe that this area, where pagan rites may have been and are being held and the Holy Fire is burning, should be protected by goddesses.


Implementation of the idea:

Sculptures of goddesses made of concrete or other materials are artificially overgrown with sketches, if possible.

IDEA: "Royal Mill"

Authors: Lukas Jučinskis and Goda Kiaunytė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

In the territories of Vilnius castles, one of the most interesting former buildings is the Royal Water Mill, which was located at the foot of the Upper Castle, but disappeared more than a hundred years ago. Mills occupy an important position in Lithuanian culture. It was not only an important source of income, but also a liberator of the imagination. This is written about in books, creating mythical stories that were sincerely believed in those days. Now, we probably don’t understand the mysticism of the mills that existed at the time, we tend to think rationally, but stories about devils and their pranks are part of our culture that is kind of enticing.

To create an installation of the Royal Mill that would remind about a culturally and historically important object and encourage visitors to take an interest. It would be accessible to everyone, the installation would not only be visible but also touchable,

to hear.

Implementation of the idea:

Four stylized elements of the mill are being created on the site of the former Royal Water Mill (at the foot of the Upper Castle, near Barbora Radvilaitės St.). Organic glass was chosen for the production of the installation. This material is modern, but at the same time easy to process, impact resistant, UV

rays and other environmental factors. To create a link to the water, mounted on wheels

blue lighting (may be moving lights simulating the direction of water movement), and

loudspeakers emitting the sound of running water are fitted. Due to its transparency, the installation under construction seems to merge with the city of this period, at the same time creating a subtle hint of the Royal Mill, which had previously stood in the same place. The blue lighting resembles a flowing one

water, and in the evening you can also hear the sounds of a gentle current. The installation is not only great

visible, but also touched and heard.

IDEA: "Crosses on a glass hill"

Authors: Austėja Pilipuitytė and Aistė Vitaitė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

The idea to erect and restore the old Three Crosses arose from seeing how complex they are currently on display. It is proposed to raise the cross on a special platform consisting of glass and metal structures. Glass is used, it is like an interface with 1643m. The publication published in Vilnius captures the legend of the Jasinskiai family, which is closely related to the Bald Mountain and the territory around it. According to legend, 14 a. pab. During the fierce battles with the Crusaders, when they attacked Vilnius very fiercely, the Crusader army established itself on the Hill of the Three Crosses and wintered in the Crooked Castle. To protect themselves from attacks, they watered the slopes of this mountain to form ice and make the mountain inaccessible. However, one brave Jasinskis, having asked his horse well, rode on an icy mountain and, without anyone expecting it, cut off the head of the Crusader commander. For this feat, the Grand Duke of Lithuania awarded Jasinskis with the estates of Antakalnis and thus the Jasinskis remained in the history of Vilnius.

Implementation of the idea:

  • The base is made of glass platforms, which are reinforced with metal structures.

  • Authentic Three Crosses are placed on the base and fastened with metal rods.

  • Glass imitation stairs for access to the base are made.

  • It creates an opportunity for the visitor to feel the hero of the legend, who has overcome the iceberg.

IDEA: "Fateful flight"

Authors: Viktorija Garlo and Julija Litvinkovič (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Location: Mountain Park Altar

The ALTANA building was built by mother Melanija Dłuska in memory of her daughter - Janina Dłuska died at Vilnius Kirtimai aerodrome when she was just 33 years old while learning to pilot. Janina Dluska - painter, clothing designer, decorator, magazine artist, merciful sister, teacher.

Implementation of the idea:

To place a glider model on the roof of ALTANA. The glider is fitted with all the tools needed to do the work of a painter, a dress designer, a decorator, a magazine artist, a merciful sister and a teacher.

IDEA: Mammoth Valley

Author: Lukas Bičiūnas (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Place. Vilnius Castle Cultural Reserve. Mountain Park, Song Valley

The idea of the project is to establish a mammoth valley in the territory of the mountain park. A little over 15,000 years ago, mammoths settled in the area because of its extremely convenient location, as a river almost 3 km in diameter (now the Neris) flowed nearby, which was a mammoth drinking area. In order to remember these powerful mammals, it was decided to tidy up the territory of the mountain park, to install a "Mammoth Valley Cognitive Trail", which would make it easier for visitors to get acquainted with the untouched place of the last glacier, and the mammoths living here. The cognitive trail would also lead to the main observation decks, and information stands would be installed on the track. Also, mentioning the evidence found by archaeologists of the existence of mammoths in the park area, a mammoth monument was erected on the side of the Dainai Valley. Which visitors would fill with stones, thus creating a mammoth sculpture in the community. An interactive information stand is planned next to it, which would make it even easier to get acquainted with the territory of that time and the existing flora and fauna by using video and audio material. The stand would also be adapted for people with disabilities.


Implementation of the idea:

The wire frame of the house is exhibited in the park territory. Stones are placed next to each other. Visitors can load the stone into the mammoth "skeleton" themselves, thus collectively creating this installation.

IDEA: "Feast of Giants"

Authors: Ignė Astrauskaitė and Greta Bielytė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Location: Vilnius Castle Cultural Reserve. Table Mountain.

Historians hypothesize that Table Mountain is part of the Curved Castle area. 1955 comparing the top with bulldozers, it turned out that there were piles of clay on the edges. On the southern edge of the hill, pieces of burnt, burnt clay were observed. This suggests that people once lived here.

It is said that once Table Hill was the place of a feast for Vilnius giants, they used to gather there for lunch or dinner. This whole mountain was like one big giant table! While walking in Bernardine Park, people could constantly hear the laughter of the feasting giants, the rattling of tools, and the chirping of pastries, but no one had seen it, because only when they climbed the mountain came a dark night and no one managed to see them. Rumor has it that after the collapse of the crooked city, the giants had no choice and had to move east.

Implementation of the idea:

A huge table that no one could sit on unless they hide from the rain. The cutlery and utensils attached under it are reminiscent of the giants that once feasted there in the wind. The sounds coming from Table Mountain can be heard from afar and invite people to see the installation.

IDEA: "Mammoths walking in the shadows of castles"

Author: Greta Bielytė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Selected topic. In the very center of Vilnius - only a meter to the mammoths.

Location: Mountain Park

Historical context. In Vilnius castles you can walk in the mountains, which were not covered by the last glacier, but for that they are reminiscent of mammoths (closest found in Antakalnis, Smėlio St., 1957), and maybe other representatives of the ice age megafauna. Purpose. To remind about mammoths that once lived in the territory of Vilnius.

Probably a few who walk the streets of Vilnius think about mammoths that once walked in the same places. This story inspires me to create a shadow installation that reminds me of the mammoths that lived in those places many years ago. In the mountain park, a sculpture made of processed aluminum is erected, which, when the sun shines, creates shadows falling directly on the buildings and reminiscent of mammoths traveling by the stream to drink. Interestingly, people can create names for mammoths and write them directly on the sculpture. That way, everyone can have a mammoth named after their fancy name living in the Mountain Park.

Implementation of the idea:

Probably a few who walk the streets of Vilnius think about mammoths that once walked in the same places. This story inspires me to create a shadow installation called “Mammoths Walking in the Shadows of Castles”, which would remind us of the mammoths that lived in those places many years ago. A sculpture made of aluminum plate is erected in the mountain park, which, when the sun is shining, creates shadows reminiscent of mammoths traveling by the stream. Interestingly, people can create names for mammoths and write them directly on the sculpture. That way, everyone can have a mammoth named after their fancy name living in the Mountain Park.

IDEA: "A passage of the past"

Authors: Margaret Plėpis and Greta Tamulynaitė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

The crooked castle was one of the three castles in Vilnius, which is still hidden among the trees from its citizens. The Crooked Castle is the cradle that gave rise to the residence and city of the Lithuanian ruler. The wooden castle stood on the site of the present mountain park.

Aim to create an installation that would attract people, draw their attention. We wanted people not only to admire her, but to do something. The original idea was to depict the mountains and create a mechanism so that turning the knob would create a long-forgotten and unheard of castle in the mountains. Thus was born the idea of creating one plane with different stories. The installation encourages people to take an interest in history, the past, it would be touched, consumed.

Implementation of the idea:

A plane is created that connects the present with the past. On one side is the present Mountain Park, and on the other side is the Crooked Castle that stood many years ago. The existing mechanism makes it possible to flip the plane. It is made of recycled plastic and reinforced with a metal frame.

IDEA: "The Prophetic Cry"

Author: Lukas Milinavičius (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Location: Mountain park area

The creation of the wolf trail, as legend has it, that the wolf that appeared in Gediminas' dream masks 100 wolf voices. The iron wolf is used less often in the Vilnius environment than other objects symbolizing the 14th century. And most importantly… The wolf is a symbolic animal of Vilnius. Gediminas' dream foretold the creation of Vilnius, therefore the name of this idea is the Prophetic Cry

Implementation of the idea:

  1. Iron wolf 100 heads: mounted on trees; mounted on headlamps;

  2. Can be used as lights at night

  3. Can be used as bird nests

  4. An integrated sound box that replicates wolf farming

  5. Integrated video CCTV camera

IDEA: "Long Distance Flight"

Author: Ignė Astrauskaitė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Location: Vilnius Castles Cultural Reserve. Mount Altana is located on the right side of Vilnius and southeast of Bekešas and the Three Crosses.

Janina Dłuska - an active young woman, known even in Southern Europe for her artistic talents, spent part of her life in Vilnius, but her many signs of life in the city have not survived - her grave in the Bernardine Cemetery and this strange building on Mount Altana. This building, called Altana, was built to mourn her mother Melanija Dłuska in memory of her daughter - Janina Dłuska died at Vilnius Kirtimai Airport when she was only 33 years old while learning to pilot.

The idea for the installation “Flight to the Long Distance” originated from the last flight of Janina Dłuska’s life and the pain story of her mother Melania Dłuska. After the tragedy, Melania sat on the Altana building and looked at Vilnius. These lightweight, wind-driven planes will introduce people to this story and create a cozy environment at the top of this mountain.

Implementation of the idea:

The idea would be implemented on a tree near Altana. Hanging bent (origami) planes, which are easily made of plastic sheets or plastic binding covers, would be of different colors, so when the sun illuminates them on the ground, color reflections would appear, which would give playfulness. Most airplanes would have printed descriptions and photos on the “wings” thus engaging people to read and take an interest in the history of the mountain.

IDEA: Garden in the Clouds

Authors: Adelė Dambrauskaitė and Gustė dubinskaitė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

The object with which the installation is tied is the Altana Mountain Park. After taking an interest in the history of its emergence, I wanted to perpetuate several, the most essential facts. The altar was built by a mourning mother. Her daughter, Janina Dulska, died at the age of 33 while learning to pilot. In her memory, a garden of exotic plants was damaged on the roof of Altana, from which the unfortunate mother looked to the far reaches of Vilnius. To keep this beautiful idea in mind, it was decided to make an airplane-shaped three-dimensional frame planted with artificial flowers to make the garden bloom all year round. The plane, landed on the roof of Altan, symbolizes the view from a bird's eye view, and the flowers symbolize the former garden. If Altan itself is painted black, it would become a monument that is constantly reviving. The history of the object written in chalk is covered with plexiglass, and visitors are encouraged to draw chalk on the walls and illustrate the story together. And a box with chalks is installed in the object. After each rain, the chalks would be washed away, but every time the history of the apartments could be seen with different eyes, thus attracting visitors as well.

IDEA: Flight of Peace

Authors: Urtė Augustinavaičiūtė and Anastasija Belšova (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Mount Altana is a wonderful place with a beautiful panorama of the Lithuanian capital. On the hill stands an altar - a hexagonal structure, which in 1932-1933. built in memory of Melania Dluska, a resident of Vilnius, in memory of her daughter, Janina Dluska, who died in a plane crash. An unhappy mother was growing exotic plants on the roof of the altar. The city magistrate did not approve the project and demanded the demolition of the building, but a bomb that exploded during the war burned down the former wooden superstructure, and the rest of the hexagon reached our days. Suffering a lot of hardship and explosion, the altar, like a true soldier, has survived, so it can still be observed today. After getting acquainted with the history of the building and Janina Dluska, and with the exception of a few keywords, it was decided to revive the altar and renovate it. The lives of Melania and Janina Dluskai were closely connected with two countries - Poland and Lithuania. Paying attention to historical facts and ATR times, the idea was born to decorate the altar in abstract forms, using the colors of two flags - Polish and Lithuanian. The molds would be made of copper or aluminum foil and sprayed with paint. Later, the second character of the installation was chosen - April. As is well known, the white dove is a symbol of peace, tranquility, flight, and it is this interpretation that was perfect for revealing the meaning sought. This symbol could be implemented using gypsum or concrete. the object would be successfully integrated between the details of the abstract shape and attached to the top of the entrance of the wooden or metal rod facade and combine the overall view. The aim of the installation is not only to give the altar a new life, but also to remember Janina Dluska and pay tribute to her tragic death.

IDEA: "Vilnius Guard"

Authors: Austėja Pilipuitytė and Aistė Vitaitė (Interior Design Program, Group DN20D-1)

Looking at the panorama of Vilnius from Gediminas Hill, the gaze turns to the Old Arsenal Palace, which dates back to the 16th century. vid. were built on earlier Gothic defensive walls of the Lower Castle. Taking into account the original defensive purpose of this building and based on the legend of St. George sleeping in the depths of Gediminas Hill. Kazimieras' army, the idea was born to create an installation that would not only enliven the panorama of Vilnius, but also encourage people to be more interested in the rich history of the area. According to legend, St. Gediminas sleeps on St. Casimir's army, which, in danger, would wake up and stand up to defend the city. It is proposed to create an image of the army on the roof of the Old Arsenal so that it can observe Vilnius from above and thus protect the city from all troubles and dangers.

Implementation of the idea:

  • Military stencils are made of weather-resistant materials

  • Stencils are attached to the roof of the Old Arsenal

  • Luminaires are installed around the stencils, which illuminate the installation from below so that the contours and shadows of the installation are clearly visible during the dark hours of the day.