Sculpture The Black Ghost, Klaipeda

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  • A nice sculpture in Klaipeda created in 2010. The figure comes from an old legend ( 16th century). A Klaipeda castle guard saw a ghost who warned him that the town does not have enough grain... 
    A nice sculpture in Klaipeda created in 2010. The figure comes from an old legend ( 16th century). A Klaipeda castle guard saw a ghost who warned him that the town does not have enough grain...  more »
  • This haunting sculpture is a neat little aspect of the port area of Klaipeda. I remember the first time I saw it and I just had to get inside of it, which is tradition. You will feel the energy of... 
    This haunting sculpture is a neat little aspect of the port area of Klaipeda. I remember the first time I saw it and I just had to get inside of it, which is tradition. You will feel the energy of...  more »
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  • The bronze sculpture, known as “Juodasis Vaiduoklis” (“The Black Ghost”) has been terrifying children since 2010. Sculpted by Svajunas Jurkus and Sergejus Plotnikovas, the figure is 7.8 feet in height, with about half below the level of the waterfront walkway and half above. Apart from the ghost’s hands, the hooded robe is empty inside, creating a strangely expressive spectral appearance despite the lack of any facial features. For many new arrivals, the main question regarding this creepy sculpture is: Why? Well, it’s all tied to a local legend that isn’t quite as terrifying as you would imagine. The legend dates back to 1595, when Hans von Heidi, one of the guards at Klaipėda Castle, was doing his nightly rounds near the harbor. From out of nowhere, a hooded figure appeared near the water’s edge. Rather than attack the startled guard, it asked him how the city’s supplies of grain and timber were holding out. Von Heidi informed the ghost that the city had sufficient supplies, but the ghost warned him it would not be enough. At that point, the apparition vanished.
  • One of the most coolest sculptures I ever seen

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