On May 11th, 2014, nothing happened in a small square on the corner of Kuzmos and Muitinės streets in the Old Town of Kaunas. That’s what’s inscribed on the Monument For Routine, opened on the date. The particular square was chosen on purpose, as it hadn’t been properly used for many years.
The Opening Ceremony. Photos by P. Garkauskas / DELFI.lt
‘The Monument for Routine is a modest attempt to guess the nature of Routine and measure the routine temperature of Kaunas,’ stated the author of the monument, architect Audrys Karalius. He agreed that the monument is needless in essence, yet, it is wonderful to do needless things.
The Monument For Routine - one of our favourite contemporary art spots in the Old Town - marked the end of Design Week’2014 and the beginning of Nykoka Street Art Festival’2014. You can follow the events here and here.
The Opening Ceremony. Photo by M. Patašius / LRytas.lt
P.S. On September 2nd, 2016, Karalius invited the art community of Kaunas to yet another opening. This time it was ‘Kazimir Malevich In Situ’, a black tar square (this time it’s literally a square) on the corner of Perkūno alley and Ąžuolyno street. A sign near the black square stated it belongs to the ‘Gallery of Routine’, so we’re hoping to witness more projects in the future.
Kazimir Malevich In Situ. Photo by Audrys Karalius