The installation will be unveiled in the station’s main hall by Lithuanian Ambassador to the United States Rolandas Kriščiūnas and its author Ray Bartkus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Using modern materials and technologies, Bartkus recreated compositions of Lithuanian folk artists in his installation. Aluminum bars were used for creating “Gardens”, and they will be illuminated with color-changing LED lights, creating the effect of a kaleidoscope.
“Standing at the most important juncture of Washington’s transport links, this artwork will symbolize those dynamic relations and a close dialogue that exist between Lithuania and America. It’s a symbol of our two countries’ strong belief in an individual’s self-expression and human freedoms,” Ambassador Kriščiūnas said.
Bartkus says the composition of “Gardens” embodies the long-standing nature of Lithuania’s traditional art and shows its resistance even in a modern environment, thus symbolizing the strength of Lithuania’s statehood.
Bartkus lives and works in New York since 1991. He holds personal exhibitions and takes part in group expositions in the US, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and other countries. His works are included into the collections of the US’s National Portrait Gallery, Lithuanian National Gallery of Art and also private collections.
Following its exhibition at Washington Union Station, “Gardens” will be shown in other American cities. Later on, the installation will travel to Lithuania and become part of the Modern Art Museum’s exposition.