VJG Stadium Wall

VJG stadium wall panorama

INTRODUCTION

Graffiti that had appeared illegally on the inner wall of the sports field has long starved the eyes of school students and staff. The wall visible from Augustijonų Street faded, blackened, and looked disordered. The long-awaited wall renovation project has already been accomplished. We invite you to see and admire it yourself!

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PROCESSES

A volunteer team of VJG students started working on this project in October 2020. The truth is, there was an attempt to renovate the wall earlier in 2018. Yet, the creative team was formed only in the spring of 2020. The project coordinators welcomed all artistic students, who wanted to contribute to the renewal of the stadium wall.

In October, we started looking for ideas for drawings and overall composition. We worked online via the MS Teams platform. We would have calls 2-3 times a week for about a couple of hours each time. At the beginning of the project, street art creator Morpha (@prince_of_baltics Instagram) helped us to catch up with the street art world. We are very grateful to him for his help. 

We combined various ideas we had developed according to the theme and put them into one joint picture. There were a lot of people in the creative team, so we decided that discussions online would consume too much time, thus each member had to prepare their version of the entire wall. After everybody had finalized their vision, the whole team all together reviewed different ideas and selected the most interesting, most beautiful-looking parts, and put them into the final version of the stadium wall. The idea of ​​several thematic parts of the wall (more on this in the presentation of the idea) was born during that discussion. Finally, we created digital visualizations of the wall, so it would be easier to imagine what it would look like in reality.

Digital visualization 1

Digital visualization 2

Digital visualization 3

Digital visualizations

During the stadium wall's renovation process in the spring of 2020, the discussions in the community about the wall's signature - footballer's leg graffiti evoked. The so-called "Leg" which once was created by street artist Stryts (@stryts1), has managed to become a part of the school and a signature of the gymnasium's stadium. That's why the creative team invited the school community to vote and decide the fate of it - whether "Leg" will be left as it is or painted over. The decision was almost unanimous - the "Leg" must remain on the stadium wall. After creating other visualizations, we noticed that the fainted old colors do not match the new vibrant image. In March we decided to hold one more poll with three options for the community: leave the "Leg" as it is, paint it over with other drawings or renew it with brighter shades. The vast majority (70%) voted in favor to maintain the memory of "Leg" by renewing it. Finally, it was a bit modified and has become a bright memory that can be seen on the stadium wall.

Voting options provided to the community

Voting options provided to the community

Voting options provided to the community

Three voting options submitted to the community

The gymnasium administration supported the students' initiative and helped purchase the necessary materials and tools from the funds raised in the Parental Benefactor Program. With the weather warming up, in mid-May, preparatory priming with rollers and brushes, light-coloured primer was started. Although it was necessary to prepare for priming, to get good weather, the work didn’t last long- about 10 days.

Priming 1

Priming 2

Priming 3

Priming

At the beginning of summer 2021, we finished priming. It was time to move the drawings from the computer screen onto the wall. The easiest way to do this was to use a projector. At dusk, we built it on the podium (table on which we still put boxes, bricks, tires, etc.). It was important to build the projector correctly. For the image to be projected it must be scaled and be neither larger nor smaller. We covered the projector’s display lines with black graffiti paint. Since the wall of the stadium is located on a hill and the jogging track is quite narrow, the projector could only shine on the 1,5-2m wide part of the wall at a time. In this way we had to work from about 20-22 hours to 5 or even 7 a.m. We finished all the lines. There were a lot of such work nights-about 15. Due to the frequent pushing and adjustment of the projector during the night, we mostly did a drawing of about 20 m (more often about 5-10 m). We didn’t get away without adventure- on the first evening, people called the police because they thought we were working illegally. Finally, we overcame this stage, and the entire 120 m long wall was ready for colouring.

Working with a projector Working with a projector Working with a projector
Working with a projector Working with a projector Working with a projector

Working with the projector

When time came to paint large areas, we considered whether it would be faster and cheaper to work with lubricated paint with brushes and rollers or graffiti paint. We decided to paint several larger areas with lubricating paint. However, it was a mistake - the work was not only much slower and more tedious, but also more expensive.

In mid-August, it was time to give the drawing more life by colouring it. We ordered graffiti paint in different colours and got to work. Using a ladder and scaffolding, we painted the entire main wall drawing in just a couple of weeks. In total, almost 170 graffiti bottles and about 57 liters of lubricant and primer were used for the project.

Work with graffiti paint

Work with grafitti paint

Work on grafitti paint

Work with graffiti paint

The stadium wall project is now complete. You can admire the drawings from several places on St. Kazimiero Street.

In our work, we tried to hide interesting details, to capture (pop) cultural signs and symbols, various personalities, places, quotes, and other objects known not only to the school community, but also to the public. The drawing should be relevant to both the younger and older viewers.

 

IDEA PRESENTATION / VIRTUAL GALLERY

The entire drawing of the VJG stadium wall is divided into four thematic sections. Looking at the wall from left to right, you can see an ancient, medieval part, reflecting the school and its life. To the right of it is a modern part of pop culture. Next, a large, most visible part of the wall is the artist's wall, on which various works of art and other inspiring objects are hung. The last, small part is space with coloured planets.

 

 "THE MIDDLE AGES"

The Middle Ages

 Map

Middle Ages. Map

This map covers most of the "Middle Ages" section of the wall. In it, you can recognize real places that are important to the community. Buildings to the left of the sea – our school campsite in Guopstai village. The sea is, of course, fancy, but the coordinates hidden at the bottom of it (they are obscured by grass in the photo) are real. They lead to Lidl, a shop near the school.  During long breaks that shop often attracts school students to buy buns for lunch. Behind the sea, on the right stands St. Peter's Square, Kazimiero Church, a large building next to it – our school and the new library – Lojoteka. The knights' training field drawn below the school symbolizes this stadium of our gymnasium.

Medieval Attributes

Medieval attributes

Next to the map are keys, astronomical instruments, various bottles, and other attributes. Here also hangs the knight's sword and the phrase of the school physics teacher, who is well known to every student of the gymnasium - "Who is late, to the board".

 

 "POP CULTURE"

Pop Culture

Godzilla

Godzilla

The first symbol of pop culture, Godzilla, which is a giant sea monster that first appeared in 1954. in the film of the same name. Here we also inserted a sign with an arrow to Guopstas - that not too long-ago mentioned camp, where students participate in various value, classroom community education programs.

"GTA: San Andreas“ and Street Culture

"GTA: San Andreas" and street culture

Here we illustrated another part of the street culture - car shows, a break dancer and the crowd supporting him. Here we also hid a hint to a popular computer game. The guy on the left, sitting in a red car - a protagonist from the original 2004 released game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Next we see Keanu Reeves, an actor well known to today's youth. On the wall, we have pictured a moment from the Xbox E3 conference, where Reeves was complimented by a man in the audience while introducing the computer game Cyberpunk 2077. Reeves responded with the same words - "You're breathtaking". This moment of presentation quickly spread on the internet and became one of the most famous phrases of K. Reeves. Under the actor's arm is a yellow packet of "Wosanka", which was once sold in our school canteen. It is a drink that many pupils remember with nostalgia.

VJG Throwup and Mr. Doodle

VJG throwup and Mr. Doodle

In the last part of the pop culture-themed wall, we did a lot of things that fit in with the general aesthetic: Chinese lanterns, a VJG throwup (a quick graffiti style of bubble letters, usually an abbreviation) painted on a cracked concrete wall, and the robot BB8 from the Star Wars film series. Also on the right, we've illustrated a crack in the wall, the bottom of which shows ornaments inspired by the work of artist Mr. Doodle.

Optical Illusion

Optical illusion

This optical illusion is on a piece of wall that separates the art gallery part of the wall from the contemporary, pop culture part. In front of this part of the wall, there is a space for long-distance jumping. Running towards it (in preparation for the jump), it looks as if you could jump into a tunnel in the wall.

 

 "ARTISTS' WALL"

ARTIST WALL

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian

We thought for a long time about what could appear in an empty frame. There were thoughts of a Van Gogh ear, a beetle or a butterfly, but in the end the frame remained empty, as it naturally fit into the overall composition.

Film Posters

Film posters

In this section, we've shown slightly modified posters of famous films.

The film "Running the Labyrinth" has become "Running to the Canteen", as the students in grades 5-6 run down the corridors at the start of the long break to get a good spot in the cafeteria.

"Back to the Future" has become "Back to the Guopstos". The pupils of the Gymnasium miss the camps and recollections in the village of Guopstas, to which they always want to return.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" became "Charlie and the Milk Bar". That's still the name of the school snack bar. It got its name because of the Milk Bar café that used to run near the school.

Bob Ross

Bob Ross

Bob Ross is an American artist who had his own TV show where he painted live. Bob Ross's programmes were calm and instructive, and he would talk about the trees, clouds, etc. He painted in a soft, pleasant voice. The artist died in 1995. We have created this graffiti drawing in his memory.

The work next to it is Black Square by Kazimir Malevich. It is a modernist work by the Polish-born painter, widely known around the world.

Vinyl Records

Vinyl records

From left to right, the first plaque is dedicated to the school's music teacher Leonidas Abaris, who founded the gymnasium choir "Krantas". Justinas Ritauskas is his nickname and "Goodbye Goodbye" is the song with which he said goodbye to the gymnasium when he retired.

"Yellow Card" is a saying of the citizenship and history teacher Joseph Labokas. When you hear this phrase, it is clear that you have received a warning.

"This is a dictatorship, haven't you noticed?" - is an ironic saying recognised by many generations of pupils, spoken by history teacher Asta Jovaišienė.

"There will be a Kernagis" - a phrase by Marius Narvilas, a technology teacher. Its origin is still not entirely clear to us today, but we have managed to get the meaning down - it's a 2 mark.

Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali

Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali

On the wall below are two works inspired by the work of cubist Pablo Picasso and surrealist Salvador Dalí. A portrait of a girl in the style of Picasso is placed next to a Dali clock, familiar to many, hanging from a branch.

"Possibilities", "Kant the Cat" and "Paper Skyscrapers"

„Possibilities“, „Kantas the Cat“ and „Paper skyscrapers“

This piece is about opportunities in the Jesuit Gymnasium. We come to school as children and we leave as adults, that have formed our values.

The quote you see on the wall is the words of the philosopher Immanuel Kant. The thinking cat is the pet of Lithuanian language teacher Gerlanda Griškevičienė, who has the same name.

The blue drawings are a glimpse of school life. Paper skyscrapers are built by each generation of pupils in their first technology lessons. The aim is for the structure to be able to withstand as much weight as possible when placed on top. We decided to commemorate a project that is familiar and dear to every pupil in the gymnasium.

"The Leg"

 The Old "Leg"

The New "Leg"

At the top is the work of Stryts (@stryts1 on Instagram), known in the graffiti world as Stryts, who appeared in the stadium a long time ago. The drawing, called " the leg" by the pupils, had already become an important feature of the stadium. After inviting the School community to vote, a large majority decided to bring the drawing back to life by renovating it.

René Magritte and the logo of Vilnius Jesuit High School

René Magritte and the logo of Vilnius Jesuit Gymnasium

The last work on the art wall reflects the Belgian surrealist René Magritte's piece "L`idée" - "The Idea".

Our school logo, shown to the right of the geometric abstraction, is intended to represent the school and show the authorship of the work.

 

 "SPACE"

„SPACE“

Motivational Slogan

Motivational slogan

This message was addressed to all the students running the long distance in the stadium. We know it's not easy, so we decided to inspire the young runners to go one more lap.

Space

Space

This space and all its planets and spacecraft have their own meaning. We created the whole drawing of the wall together, but each pupil came up with and drew a planet - a personal signature.

PREVIOUS APPEARANCE OF THE STADIUM WALL

Take a look at what the wall looked like before this project...

View from Augustijonas Street in January 2021

Previous view of the stadium wall

Previous view of the stadium wall

Previous view of the stadium wall

Previous view of the stadium wall

Previous view of the stadium wall

AUTHORS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

THE AUTHORS OF THE IDEA AND IMPLEMENTERS:

Ignas Blaževičius

Ula Grinevičiūtė

Ieva Gudelytė

Teofilė Jovaišaitė

Gustas Bložė

Fela Paukštė

Emilė Brožaitytė

Marija Maksimovič

Teja Tupinytė

Lukrecija Griciūtė

Mantė Jurkauskaitė

Meda Ražinskaitė

Ieva Kirvaitytė

Elžbieta Rėksnytė

Miglė Ulkytė

 
THANK YOU:

Sis. Edita Šicaite SSC, for her full support and trust;

Paulius Narušis for his advice and help during the project implementation;

To all the staff of the School for their help with keys, documents, wires, etc.;

Gintaras Venckas for lending the car to keep items in;

Morfa (@prince_of_baltics), for his help in the world of street art.


VISITING

The VJG Stadium area is only open to visitors during special events, but the wall is also visible during the day through the gate on St. Kazimieras Street.

 

POSSIBILITIES

The wall is not illuminated (the photo at the very top was taken during an event). If you think it would be cool to illuminate it in the dark and would like to contribute, please contact the Development Project Manager Julija (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or sponsor the project.