Kneipp theraphy sensation path

Marijampolė is famous for the football team "Sūduva", and "Via Baltica" stretching through Šunskai is one of the most important traffic  route to the north-south.  Are you eager to know what the feeling of walking bare feet on the football pitch or on the asphalt of "Via Baltica" is? If the answer is yes, it is a must to try the path in Šunskai which is even 88 metres in length! The path is constructed following the philosophy of a German philosopher and priest Sebastian Kneipp. The philosophy of S. Kneipp focuses on the system of 5 elements: one element is moving. While walking on the path bare feet, a visitor must let his body feel different surfaces. The beginning of the path is synthetic surface of a football pitch, next stage is the surface of "Via Baltica" asphalt, then – the broken stone of the railway  "Rail Baltica" and, of course, you will feel the ancient road surface of Marijampolė town. The following step is diverse natural surfaces. One stage of the path is extreme because it consists of glass slivers.

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Pheasants in Šunskai

Pheasants in Šunskai is the only place in Lithuania where a visitor has a chance to get acquainted with different rare kinds of pheasants which are gown in our country. The place has 17 kinds of pheasants, more than 100 birds! There is a possibility to see other kinds of decorative birds – peacocks, pigeons, hens. You will also meet Huston squirrels and friendly alpacas. Both children and adults will experience unforgettable moments. Visitors wishing to visit pheasants and other animals living in the place, also having a wish to listen to impressive stories about animals‘ life, are welcome form 3 May till 30 November (depending on weather). Working time: Wednesday –Saturday 11.00 am – 7.00 pm; Sunday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.

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Amalvos educational path

Amalvos educational path is located in the municipality of Marijampolė, 11 km to the east from Marijampolė town. A new 121 metres educational path will lead visitors to one of the biggest swamp of Suvalkija where the lovers of nature will admire the width of the swamp and while reading the informative notices, will get information about the swamp, its ecosystem, flora and fauna. The beginning of educational path starts with the observation platform which provides a stunning panorama of Almava swamp and a further landscape of Žuvintas reserve which has even more places of sightseeing. The foresters foresee a bright future to the place as it is a unique corner of Sūduva. The informative notices of Almava educational path point out that approximately 100 of different species of birds live in the place and a specific environment of the swamp influence the wildlife. As a result of this, there is a chance to meet a snake,  moose and wolves as well as other animals which are of great interest to all nature lovers.

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Bukta educational path

Bukta educational path is located in the territory of municipality of Marijampolė, 6 km to the southeast from Liudvinavas. The path has quickly become popular and has many visitors all year round. It is either a perfect place to spend time with a family or there is a possibility to have a jaunt around a fireplace. There is a resting place to satisfy the needs of tourists. It is located in the area of the forest, approximately 700 metres from the educational path. The way to the resting path can be easily found with the help of the signs. The place itself offers a calm rest, families with children will find natural surroundings and an opportunity to educate the little ones while getting to know the names of plants, trees, mushrooms and berries. The resting place has everything what a good jaunt requires: shade, swings, rubbish bins, a toilet. There is also a special fireplace: having set fire, you can hang a pot, make soup and have a meal in the place full of calmness. Visitors can admire a nearby stretching pond which is unique because half of it has been renewed and expanded while the other half of it remains as it used to be- a swamp- with the purpose to protect natural environment and ecosystem. Forest Bukta is a unique natural object included into the list of protected objects of EU. It is one of the richest forest territory containing more than 500 grassy plants. Visitors are invited to try 2 educational paths which have 1,3 km and 1.7 km routes. The paths have 7 stops with informative notice boards giving information about the exceptional greenery growing around–hornbeams, leaf-bearing trees with rare and protected species of animals and plants.

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Pills

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Stairway to heaven

Ray Bartkus creates surreal distorted reality by adding painted stairways and other spatial architectural elements to the existing stairway and the wall. The artist questions the perception of reality. Mental imagery and visualization can alter how we perceive the world around us. To a large extent, the mind creates reality.

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Ceci n’est pas un mur

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.

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Crowd Surfing

The mural Crowd Surfing references an animation work I made. In making animation I am always thinking about how movements are made. I began to trace the paper puppets to study the movements of the puppets and the drawings resemble the drawing you see in this mural. When people are crowd surfing they pop up from the crowd and are carried by the crowd and fall back into the crowd. Their movement in the crowd and being carried by the crowd is a metaphor for aspects of our life as social beings.

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