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An old concrete building in Lithuania has been transformed by stunning street art

A talented architect has transformed a plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania into a stunning piece of art. As part of the fourth annual Vilnius Street Art Festival, Ignas Lukauskas and Studio Vieta added a giant image of a waterfall across the exterior of a concrete riverside building, and the result is simply stunning.

This plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta
This plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta

The old building belongs to the Lithuanian Parliament and it’s used as a garage where government cars are stored and maintained. The plain concrete structure is situated on the Neris River in Vilnius.

A plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta
A plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta

Ignas added the dazzling waterfall image across its 2000-square-metre exterior, changing the gloomy exterior beyond recognition by transforming it into a cascade of colourful flowing water.

A plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta
A plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta

Known as the Vilnius Waterfall Project, the optical illusion aims to change perceptions of existing city structures. It seeks to explore the question of how street art affects the urban landscape and how citizens benefit from it. Ignas was invited to work on the project rather than a street artist, as he has written a PhD thesis on urban landscapes and how art and architecture can create disruptions.

A plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta
A plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta

The Vilnius Waterfall brings a touch of nature into the city, by making it appear that the water is flowing into the nearby Neris river. It is one of the largest pieces ever curated for the street art festival and Studio Vieta says that the project was a major challenge for everyone involved, as nothing on that scale has previously been executed in Lithuania.

This plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta
This plain concrete Soviet building in Lithuania was transformed into a stunning piece of art. Image: Studio Vieta