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Another bit of public art appears in Rīga

Another piece of public art has been unveiled in Rīga, and this one looks like being almost as controversial as the mural on a school building that has divided opinion, as recently reported by LSM.

Named 'Tactile History" it is dedicated to the victims of the Soviet occupation and is located in Strelnieku laukums (Riflemen's square) in Old Rīga.

The authors of the project are contemporary artist Kristaps Ģelzis, sound artist Voldemārs Johansons and architect Ilze Miķelsone. The project has taken 12 years to come to completion.

According to Latvian Radio 3 it is described thus: this monument is like a large, red plaque, and it is placed perpendicular to the new annex of the Occupation Museum, which is white. The monument itself is in two red tones, and on the side of the square has a latticed pattern. In fact, the monument is revealed as a double-sided plaque - from one point of view towards the former polyclinic building, from the other point of view - towards the former Polytechnic Institute or the current Technical University building. From the bridge it is revealed rather as another element of the Occupation Museum complex.

An expert discussion of the new complex on Latvian Radio 3 gave less than enthusiastic evaluations of the new ensemble, but as it's impossible to miss for anyone in the vicinity, you might like to wander around and make up your own mind. 

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