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The Juodkrantė brick embankment combines the magnificent beauty of the Curonian Spit's waterscape with man-made art. There is an open-air stone sculpture park, the exhibits of which were created during the International Earth and Water Symposium. In 1997, in place of the former reeds, a two-kilometer-long quay designed by the architect Richard Krištapavičius was created, reproducing the contours of the lagoon, where beautiful lawns were damaged and pedestrian and bicycle paths were constructed.
Over three years, artists from Lithuania, Great Britain, Sweden and other countries created 31 stone sculptures from outdoor boulders during the International Earth & Water Symposium for Sculptors. They were set on an 800-meter stretch of coastline of the lagoon winding along Ludwez Reza Street and formed an impressive exposition of the sculpture park. The theme of the symposium "Earth and Water" has been treated quite differently by the artists, but the works are in perfect harmony.
The mystical environment of the Curonian Spit seemed to oblige artists to blend in with nature. Stones transformed into works of art speak of earth and water, of heaven and man, of birds and reeds. Although the sculptures have been unrecognizably transformed into the face of Juodkrantė, they seem to have conveyed the uniqueness of the area and combined the intangible, barely perceptible aura of the union of water and land. After all, the sand of the dunes is the same stone, only cut into small particles. Thus, the quay became a favorite hiking and cycling route, and the open-air sculpture park was the most visited leisure area in Juodkrantė.
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