“Laima” and “Kursiukas”, the Baltic sculptors invited to Lapidiales talk about their works

The 41-year-old mother is one of eight sculptors invited this year to create a work for the Galaxy of Stones…

The 41-year-old mother is one of eight sculptors invited this year to create a work for the Galaxy of Standing Stones, this project imagined by Alain Tenenbaum, the father of the Lapidiales. Ultimately, 365 sculptures by artists from five continents will be displayed in a dedicated location in Plassay, not far away.


From July 11 to August 21, Agnese Rudzite, Latvian artist, sculpts “Laima”, a Latvian deity, destined for the Galaxy of Standing Stones.

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This year, artists from Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, France and Finland must submit a work inspired by the cultures around the Baltic Sea. And this, under conditions: shape with hand tools a limestone block of 2.3 meters by 80 centimeters base, on a base 80 centimeters high. Everyone has six weeks to complete their project.

Agnese and her peers were contacted last autumn by Alain Tenenbaum, who introduced them to the concept. “All the sculptors who come to us leave a few names that they co-opt,” he explains. It helps us a lot, because we don’t know sculptors in every country on the globe. Then everyone presents their idea for a work. “We discuss a lot beforehand, sometimes some people are off topic or haven’t explored their idea enough. »

  • Agnese Rudzite did not know Lapidiales until she was invited there.


    Agnese Rudzite did not know Lapidiales until she was invited there.

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  • Here is the model of


    Here is the model of “Laima” imagined by the Latvian sculptor.

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  • The Latvian sculptor drew the outlines of his work with blue pencil.


    The Latvian sculptor drew the outlines of his work with blue pencil.

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Laima, Latvian deity

Before he goes to work, the letter delivers new impressions. “I understand why we use manual tools, because powerful, electric and noisy tools do not at all adhere to the spirit of the place”, she elaborates. In connection with the 2022 theme, his choice fell on Laima. “She is a goddess of Latvian and Lithuanian mythology who brings happiness to newborns,” she says, showing the small model she made upstream. The deity, draped in a toga, a “symbol of warmth”, also wears a belt, “for protection, help”.

“It’s not the faithful representation of Laima, it’s the version I imagined,” adds the artist, who likes to make portraits of women. “With this work, I also think of my 3-year-old daughter, whom I would like to give happiness. This Wednesday, July 20, she uses a saw to cut her limestone block to give it its main shapes. Until August 21, the public will be able to come and observe the development of Agnes’ work, bringing her “Laima” to life.

past-present

About fifteen meters from her, the Lithuanian Tautvilas Povilionis, a neighbor in every sense of the word, approaches the goal. Arriving in the Saintonge area on June 20, the artist from Kaunas is refining “Kursiukas” (“Little Boy”), “a mix between past and present”. On the one hand, the 40-year-old was inspired by an ancient pendant discovered in the area of ​​the Curonian Lagoon, a region in southwestern Lithuania. On the other hand, with the help of more precise tools, he shapes a teenager of today, in a hoodie on his head, sneakers on his feet. “I kind of thought about my son doing this part,” he admits.

When he talks about his work here, he is not stingy with compliments. “I appreciate being able to take my time. It’s really fantastic to work with limestone, it’s like plaster. In terms of creativity, there are many possibilities, you can really give delicate contours to your sculpture,” appreciates the man who ends his stay in Port-d’Envaux on July 31. He, like Agnese, had never heard of Lapidiales before he was invited. “I didn’t think such a place could exist,” he says.

  • The Lithuanian is also an art teacher in Kaunas.


    The Lithuanian is also an art teacher in Kaunas.

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  • On this page, the artist has carved the reproduction of an ancient pendant, discovered in Lithuania.


    On this page, the artist has carved the reproduction of an ancient pendant, discovered in Lithuania.

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  • To the galaxy of standing stones he imagined


    For the galaxy of standing stones, he imagined “Kursiukas” (“Little Boy”).

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