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Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera
Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera

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Environmental objects and sculptures in Valmiera

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  • A Memorial Plaque to the Student Company of Cēsis Regiment. The memorial plaque by Solveiga Vasiļjeva was erected in 2011 in place where the Valmiera Gymnasium (Realschule) was located. Here on 26 May 1919 the Student Company of Cēsis Regiment was established, which later fought the German forces by Cēsis. Sharp edges of the steel flower blossom symbolise hard, yet responsible decisions made by youth back then. GPS 57.5363237, 25.4194015
  • Sculpture "A Boy with a Fish". The author of the sculpture set up in 1952 is in Rūjiena born alumni of the Art Academy of Latvia, sculptor Jānis Zariņš. Initially it was a part of a fountain located in the Luca Square (at that time – the Pioneer Square). Unlike other mass produced gypsum sculptures of the Stalin’s era, artificial stone was used to make this sculpture. GPS 57.5422087, 25.4279497
  • Sculpture “The Sculptor”. The sculpture was made by Gvido Buls in 1986 during the symposium organized by Andris Vārpa. Initially it was located in front of the Valmiera Parsonage, becoming the symbol of the symposium. In April 2015 it was moved to its current location – in the square by the Valmiera Bus Terminal. GPS 57.5335868, 25.4254921
  • Sculpture “The Lying Amazon”. The sculpture of the lying Amazon  was made by sculptor Andris Vārpa during a Plein Air event in Valmiera in 2009, and as the artist himself has put it, it is a ‘younger sister’ of a similar image  of the same name made by him in another Plein Air event in Panevezys, Lithuania. In a way these sculptures unite the two cities and strengthen their cultural cooperation. The author of the sculpture is a Valmiera-born artist Andris Vārpa. His best known work of art is a monument to Kārlis Padegs near Vērmane’s Garden in Riga. GPS 57.5390077, 25.4285811
  • Cast in bronze BMX bicycle of Māris Štrombergs confirms – Valmiera is the cradle, where the Latvian BMX sport has developed. Valmieriera native Māris Štrombergs is the first and two time Olympic champion in BMX bicycle riding. The bicycle is in the position of landing after a jump, therefore symbolizing movement, power and energy. There is a information plate attached to the object, informing the visitors about Māris Štrombergs’ victories in the Olympic games in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). The object was opened for visitors in 2016. GPS 57.5282073, 25.3880861
  • Sculpture "Gift to the New Millennium". The sculpture symbolically greets and sees off the guests of Valmiera coming to or leaving the city by Riga motorway. It was put up in 2001 during the Days of the European Culture. The author of the sculpture is a former resident of Valmiera – sculptor Ginters Krūmholcs. This sculpture was used as a city symbol for several years, until  a new logo was elaborated for Valmiera City. GPS 57.5284247, 25.3859960
  • Sculpture "The Fountain of Light". Some people visualize it as a lucky horseshoe, others suppose it looks like meanders of the River Gauja flowing through Valmiera. The sculpture has been both praised and criticized, and probably never actually understood, yet always having undivided attention of the locals and the visitors. The Light Fountain was lit on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Latvia, on 17 November, 2008. The author is a Valmiera –born sculptor Andris Vārpa whose best known sculpture is the monument to Kārlis Padegs by Vērmane’s Garden in Riga. “Light Fountain” is a favourite place for taking snapshots. Would you like to immortalize it with your camera? GPS 57.5386242, 25.4216442
  • Sculpture "The Boys of Valmiera". The heroes of the most popular literary work about Valmiera, Pāvils Rozītis’ novel ”The Boys of Valmiera”, are immortalized in a sculpture by sculptor Timiana Munkēvica. Initially the sculpture was placed in front of Valmiera Museum, but since 2007 it has been standing in front of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences. The prototypes of the main heroes are: the author of the novel, Pāvils Rozītis, poet Linards Laicens, and as regards the third image, there is no clear answer. There is a supposition that the third boy was intentionally left unidentified so that everybody could associate it with oneself and in this way the sculpture reflects the spirit of freedom and awakening. The sculpture “The Boys of Valmiera” suits well to Valmiera and in a way, it brings luck to its people.  Many talented boys who brought fame to Latvia, were born in Valmiera, like  two-times Olympic champion in BMX cycling Māris Štrombergs, silver medal winner in 4-men bobsleigh in XXII Winter Olympic Games, Oskars Melbārdis, the world famous race walker Jānis Daliņš, composer Jāzeps Vītols, EU  Development and Cooperation Commissioner  Andris Piebalgs, actors, producers, composers and many other talents. GPS 57.5346773, 25.4243659
  • Medieval street fragment. Stage of northern defensive wall with loophole and paved road from Valmiera as medieval city was found in 2006 as a part of center reconstruction. Subjects that were found in archaeological excavation show that the paved road was built from the end of 16th century to the beginning of 17th century. GPS 57.539320, 25.422883
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