Calligraphic art created by Anastasia Kulazhenko, exhibition curator and European Humanities University Media and Visual Design program alumna (Class of 2009), recently decorated the sails of a ship on the Dane River in Klaipeda, Lithuania. Her work is included among the twelve best selections from the international project “Calligraphy on Sails.” The aim of the project is to present two important symbols of the waterfront city of Klaipeda: sails representing its harbor and maritime nature, and the city's history and development of the visual art of writing.
“Modern calligraphy is not just the ability to write beautiful letters. It is inner freedom, which allows you to pass your emotions and perceptions of the world through the letters,” says Kulazhenko.
The works of selected authors were adapted and printed on triangular tents representing the sails of the river's boats. Each 'sail' measures 12 by 2.5 meters: a total of 12 sails were produced and displayed on the Danes River in Klaipeda on August 8.
The concept of decorating the sails with the calligraphic works was implemented by the arts group, “Žuvies akis,” and the “Klaipėdos laivų remontas” company’s subsidiary, “Klaipėdos pilies uostas.”
Calligraphers taking part in the project include: Anastasia Kulazhenko (Belarus / Lithuania), Massimo Polello (Italy), Leo Ray (Israel), Jean Larcher (France), Katharina Pieper (Germany), and Albertas Gurskas, Ilja Klemencovas, Romanas Klemencovas, Lidija Kuklienė, Agnė Pivoriūnaitė, and Donata Porvaneckaitė (Lithuania).
Principal organizers include the Klaipeda’s artists group, “Žuvies akis”; the curators were graphic designers and calligraphers L.Skačkauskaitė-Kuklienė and Mindaugas Petrulis; and art historian Goda Giedraitytė.