In Riga, landscape art object tells the tale of Lithuania’s, Estonia’s, and Latvia’s centenary


In February, landscape art object “The Gate of Honor”, inaugurated early 2018, symbolically tells the tale of the Baltic States’ - Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia – centenary.

Three flags intertwine in a unified pattern depicting each country’s centenary symbol whilst recounting history’s important events. 

“Landscape art object “The Gate of Honor” is Riga’s gift to Latvia’s birthday. It has been created as a virtual monument. It is meant as a message to time, people, feelings, events, and history. The object is a conceptually new urban design, which, with the help of modern technology allows its content to be set in motion and changed. With this symbolic message, in February, we greet our neighboring countries and our own on its upcoming significant anniversary” states the Head of the Culture Board of Education, Culture and Sports Department of Riga City Council Baiba Šmite.

A “gate” in Latvia’s tradition represents something momentous and plays an important role in the passage from one life’s chapter to the next. It is a passageway that represents a change, a maturity step, a pathway to your next life’s installment.

“The Gate of Honor” contextually recounts important events of Latvia’s past century. On a philosophical level, it represents a passage into an important space. It is a centenary’s and time’s gate that lauds this country’s historical creation from the beginning to today, along with impressing on its future. “The Gate of Honor traditionally is used as a symbol for various tests through which we pass throughout our lives. Symbolically, we confirm our newly achieved maturity in these gates. One such attestment is our country’s centenary” states the project’s creator.

The virtual display has been planned for an extended period of time with each month recounting a different tale. One can follow “The Gates of Honor’s” virtual message and changes on Instagram at

Information was prepared by Indra Vilde, Public Relations Manager of Education, Culture and Sports Department of Riga City Council. Contact information: office +371 67026838, mobile +371 26708034, e-mail - Please turn on Javascript to see email address! .




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