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of Epochs and Monuments
In modern culture,
monuments are reflective of the historic self-awareness of society.
The Lithuanians, possessing the great passion to monumentalize
as many historic evens and figures as possible, having dismantled monuments
of the Soviet epoch, rush to reconstruct as many as possible monuments
of the Inter War Lithuania or erect new, with no particular regard
to their artistic value. The author advocates the idea of using the
money, raised to construct one more new monument, for more practical
purposes such as investing it into schools or museums that could be
dedicated to commemorate the celebrities of Lithuanian history.
She mentions the Ressurection Church of Kaunas, and Vytautas the Great
Museum of Kaunas as the most successful examples of projects of truly
monumental value that have not only commemorative but also sacral, symbolic
and practical value. Several monuments of the Inter-War Lithuania reflecting
the tendency of the monument towards modernization are mentioned. While
the non-traditional monument dedicated to Romas Kalanta (who took his
life by setting himself on fire in public, as an extreme form of resisting
against the soviet occupation) by the sculptor Robertas Antinis and
the monument to the Independence fighters by Vladas Vildžiūnas
in Anykščiai are cited as successful embodiment of historic
memory in a contemporary artistic form.