Saturday, May 19, 2018

The black ghost

Klaipeda is a quaint seaside town in Lithuania and the country's third largest city. Visitors flock here to enjoy its historical architecture dating back to the 13th century, Maritime Museum, and annual festivals. But it may be most known for a weird statue emerging from the water—The Black Ghost.
This immense bronze sculpture, known as the Juodasis Vaiduoklis in Lithuanian, is 2.4 meters (7.8 feet) in height and casts an eery vibe. Sculpted by Svajunas Jurkus and Sergejus Plotnikovas, the mysterious figure holds a lantern in one hand, as his long, sinister fingers grip the dock. As a man without a face, he slithers ominously.


  1. I've been to Dublin a number of times and gotta say they have some of the weirdest street sculptures I've ever seen. I thought, man how did I miss this one? Not Dublin but definitely Teh Awesome. Nice to note that some cities can spend tax dollars wisely!

  2. Klaipeda was until 1945 a city with a German majority. It’s name was Memel.
    The city was overrun by refugees fleeing the Red Army while the Wehrmacht fought desperate battles to deny the Soviets entry to the city..
    Read „The forgotten Soldier“ by Guy Sajer.
    He also fought in Memel and witnessed the almost indescribable horrors especially at the harbor’s piers.