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Gedimino prospektas 35
(Pirklių klubas - Merchants Club)



Kęstutis Balčiūnas
1913 (2012)

Vilnius /  Atlantas   Vilnius /  Atlantas


Sculpture of a 3 m tall Atlas holding a celestial sphere, standing on the roof top of a tower.


The three-storey main façade of the Merchant's Club designed in 1913 by Mikhail Prozorov was were decorated with the covering of man-made sandstone elements. An exclusive architectural accent of the Merchant's Club was the sculpture of an impressive size mounted on top of the baroque turret, depicting Atlas holding the heavens. Sculptures of this kind were particularly in vogue in the décor of buildings in St. Petersburg of that time; Mikhail Prozorov who went to university there must have relied on the experience of the city's architects. Today the three-meter Atlas figure recreated by architect Kęstutis Balčiūnas adorns the Merchant's Club once again.


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Location (N 54°41'20" - E 25°16'6")

Item Code: lt059; Photograph: 13 July 2013
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