• July 22, 2015
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There will be stairs with the poems of Czesław Miłosz on in Vilnius

The representatives of the Lithuanian intelligentsia has proposed sculpting the poems of Czesław Miłosz in Polish and Lithuanian on the Vilnius old town’s stairs named after him. As the ELTA informs, previously, the stairs will have to be renovated before the realisation of this original idea.

In 2011, the government of Vilnius due to the 100th anniversary of Czesław Miłosz’s birthday named the stairs between the Bokšto i Maironio streets after him.

The representatives of the Lithuanian intelligentsia has proposed the perpetuation of the Czesław Miłosz in really original way. Namely, to sculpt his poems in Polish and Lithuanian on the stairs. It is the idea of well-known Lithuanian sculptor, Jonasa Gencevičiusa. Founds for this idea will be raised.

However, before putting this project into practise, one has to clean the stairs, because they are neglected and dangerous for the pedestrians. The acting group has asked for help to the Vilnius mer, Remigijusa Šimašiusa. They presented him the original idea of memorising the Nobelist.

The members of the acting group responsible for cleaning the stairs and memorising them after Czesław Miłosz are: the head of the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore – Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, the essayist and screenwriter – Pranas Morkus, the theatrologist – Irena Veisaitė and the poet – Tomas Venclova.

Translated by Paulina Lipińska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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