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Vladas Urbanavičius
Club, 2018

Sculptor Vladas Urbanavičius’s ability to maintain balance can be compared to a tightrope walker’s. Except that if the former balance thin poles, Urbanavičius balances with very heavy materials. For example, his Embankment Arch made from old gas-line pipes and installed in the centre of Vilnius on the shore of the Neris River, stimulated plenty of public debate. His massive, large-scale works may be sturdily built, but they always play with the principle of gravity.

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In the sculpture Club a perfect sphere is counterbalanced with a simple field stone. They are connected with a rusted steel bar. Urbanavičius smoothly connects not only three different materials, but their different finishes. The granite is masterfully polished; the field stone has been neatly split, but its rich, rough relief has been preserved.

The forms of Urbanavičius’s sculptures may be abstract, but their titles are related to the formal structures of specific objects. The artists named this work Club – a title which has already become popular with viewers – but he is open to other interpretations.

Lietuvos kultūros taryba