The artist was inspired by the stories of the characters of the book „Dreams of a little frog“ and by personal recollections about forefathers coming from Lithuania and Poland who were the story-tellers of her childhood. The artist drew a sunflower on the wall of the building. The story- teller in the book „Dreams of a little frog“ gives dreams to a little frog. In one of the stories the little frog has to give away his heart to death. When that happens, the dream comes true and the story-teller divides herself into many story-tellers like seeds in a sunflower. This marvellous blossom symbolizes each of us individually as if we are story-tellers of our stories. The seeds in the blossom are our dreams which disappear after becoming true. With the help of young volunteers in Marijampole, this painting beautifies the souls of the artist‘s forefathers, their native roots while seeds in the sunflower are all people creating the world with their own stories.
The flowering fence symbolizes Lithuanian folk saying „fences start flowering in a native country“. It is a distinct reaction to the consequences of the pandemic leading to inability to return to a native country and remain missing one‘s homes and close people. An architectural barrier is a fence. It a window to other people living somewhere else while the flowering of the fence is the expression of nostalgija reflecting the feelings of people who are unable to return home.
The motive of Greece pantheon gives the feeling of strength and stability to this wall, especially it is symbolic during the world pandemic giving a chance to travel but only in everyone‘s mind. Take a bag and come here with your family, friends or relatives, have a picnic and feel yourself as if you were in majestic Greece.
The snake of doughnuts crawled even 7195 km from Cleveland, Ohio city (USA). In this way it connected Marijampole with the native country of the artists. Doughnuts reflect the patterns of the snake skin and perfectly flow into the indstrial life of the town because of locally made and worldwide known doughnuts. The artists hope that everyone after having seen this painting, will smile, buy a doughnut and that will brighten his/her day. According to the artists, the mission of the doughnut snake is to make everyone smile and feel happy after seeing it.
Sometimes people behave like cats which attentively watch their prey and wait for its fatal mistake in order to attack and eat it. People also wait for other people‘s decline with the intention to attack them, condemn them. The picture depicts the eyes of the cat which symbolize the behaviour and reflection of people who scored high in their lives but once they stumbled.
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Famous Belgium surrealist Rene Magritte made a drawing of his pipe and wrote the title "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" (This is not a pipe) below the image. He wanted to emphasize that the viewer is seeing not a real pipe, just a painted illusion created on the paper. Ray Barkus turns this logic upside down. By painting the sky on the wall and naming it "Ceci n'est pas un mur " (This is not a wall), he claims that the imagination is capable of creating a new reality.