“I don’t do siemkas,” Mindaugas Navakas might have said, remembering how fellow sculptor Stanislovas Kuzma has described them. In Kuzma’s view, siemkos – sunflower seeds – are small format sculpture that conveniently suit interior spaces. That certainly can’t be said about his nine metre tall sculpture Four Large Reliant Sculptures – it uncompromisingly reveals the artist’s rebellious nature, which is also very evident in Navakas’s famous work Hook, that juts out of the façade of the Railroad Workers’ Palace in Vilnius.
Navakas is fascinated by engineering. Here he has constructed a work whose parts may be unstable on their own, but when they are braced against one another make up a very stable whole. Before studying sculpture Navakas spend several years as an architecture student. As a result, most of his works, such as the sculpture Two Stories, which stands on the shore of the Neris, recall buildings. In their fondness for rusted metal, both Navakas and Urbanavičius (remember his Embankment Arch?) can be compared to the famous sculptor Richard Serra, whose rusted steel labyrinth can be seen at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.