THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

One of the festival’s implicit messages is to find time and go see the environmental objects as a family, together with children. Children are able to perceive, interpret and appreciate works of art in a very open and direct way, and they often notice nuances that adults miss. The selected environmental objects emphasise the carefree and uncanny sense of childhood, and the ability to look at the world through the eyes of a child.

THE WINTER BATHE

(2019)

Andris Maračkovskis

Visually vivid and provocative, The Winter Bathe is not only encouragement for an invigorating winter swim, but also a reminder of summer. The work is inspired by inflatable swimming rings and toys. It is a challenge to combine all bathing items in one colourful object that will delight children and adults.

HELTER-SKELTER

(2014)

Sandra Strēle, Madara Auzenbaha, in cooperation with the AAL

Footage of the famous Christmas family movie Christmas helter-skelter has inspired the authors to create an environmental object as a meeting place where the whole family can remember the childhood movie in a mellow atmosphere, and to enjoy the festive season together. Painting techniques are used in this unique environmental art object.

THE WINTER SECRET

(2011)

Liene Jākobsone, in cooperation with the AAL

The Winter Secret encourages the smallest of spectators to look carefully around them. Can you see how many birds live in its branches and what animals have gathered there? If one looks more closely at this seemingly fragile snowflake, the Christmas tree reveals new fairy-tale characters and mysteries. The Winter Secret plays with shadows in the open planes and creates a mellow intimate mood.

THE MAGIC DEER

(2014)

Atis Izands

The deer, as one of the symbols of Christmas, is associated with grace, majesty and classical beauty. The stylised deer figures are slightly reminiscent of childhood folded paper figures with sharp edges accentuated by colourful graphic design. The Magic Deer of Bastejkalns Park have been one of the favourite objects for children and adults alike.

FED BIRD – HAPPY BIRD

(2013)

Laine Uzulēna, in cooperation with the AAL

Birds have eaten up the light and now their bellies are shining, especially in the dark. One of the best loved objects of the festival for children and their parents.

LEDman

(2019)

SIA Kob Art

Ledman is playful, colourful and cheerful, and it invites you to go back to your childhood and have winter fun – start snow-ball fights, roll in the snow, ride a sled and make snowmen. The LEDs on both sides of the light object planes endow the snowman with dynamic animation causing his smile, eyes, features, buttons, snowballs and other elements to constantly change.

CHRISTMAS SACK OF JOY

(2015)

SIA Studio Des Fetes Latvia

Santa Claus’ lost sack of presents, full of miracles and sparkling joy. Winner of the people’s vote.

THE CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST OF AGENSKALNS

(2013)

Mārtiņš Rozenfelds

Like a Christmas present, The Christmas Tree Forest of Agenskalns, made of roughly hewn logs conjures up a comfortable atmosphere. With its inaccuracy and even a certain skewness, the environmental object stylistically fits into the creative environment of the historical wooden building blocks of Agenskalns.