The Beauty of Broken


Uzupis, Vilnius, Lithuania

A few of these pictures, not all, I took in Uzupis, Vilnius. Others are from old town Vilnius. Užupis is a neighborhood in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, largely located in Vilnius’ old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Užupis means “the other side of the river” in the Lithuanian language and refers to the Vilnia River; the name Vilnius was derived from the Vilnia. The district has been popular with artists for some time, and has been compared to Montmartre in Paris and to Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, due to its bohemic and laissez-faire atmosphere. On April 1, 1997, the district declared itself an independent republic (The Republic of Užupis). Since the first of November 2014 Jaap van Ark is president of republic Užupis. Užupis is quite small and isolated, being only about 148 acres in size; it has around 7,000 inhabitants, nearly 1,000 being artists.

I highly recommend to read some more about Uzupis, the history and its constitution on this blog post. Vilnius has beautiful contrasts of old and new, the shine of the modern and restored and the beauty of the broken.

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Where have all the bees gone? Where have all the flowers gone?
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7 Responses to The Beauty of Broken

  1. bobraxton says:

    Reminds me of Sue Bender book “Everyday Sacred” – after I read her first book on nine-patch quilt pattern (and Amish home for six months).

  2. Sheesh that’s some shoddy shit!
    I am sorry, but I fail to see the beauty in it. All I see is a mount of badly needed repairs and maintenance.

  3. There’s a lot of real beauty there… and one doesn’t have to look hard to see it! 🙂

  4. smcasson says:

    I mentioned elsewhere about the work (or not work) put into a building becomes a part of its story… The stories are so plentiful here… If those walls could talk!!

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