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Painted wall with coats of arms – special gift for centenary of Latvia from all local governments

On 26 June, Gints Kaminskis, Chairman of the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (LALRG), Andris Ameriks, Vice Mayor of Riga City Council, the architect Jānis Lejnieks and the artist Leonards Laganovskis unveiled a decorative wall "Latvian cities and municipalities for the centenary of the state" as their present to our country at its very significant anniversary – centenary.

The wall with coats of arms of all Latvian cities and municipalities was made upon the initiative of Riga City Council and LALRG. The wall was painted by the internationally renowned Latvian artist Leonards Laganovskis.

The wall was first painted in 2005, but since then a territorial administrative reform has taken place and many cities and municipalities have changed their administrative borders, therefore it was decided to renew the wall painting with current coats of arms.

At the unveiling ceremony of the wall, the Chairman of the LALRG Gints Kaminskis stated: “This painting symbolizes the unity of municipalities and the people of Latvia as it commemorates the historic event which is engraved in our memory. This is a meaningful message on the occasion of the centenary of Latvia. We thank Riga City Council for the initiative and all municipalities for support in implementing this idea.”

The display of the municipal coats of arms is painted on a wall on the Square of Barricades. The location has not been chosen randomly. It is closely related to the events in 1991, when people were guarding the national government, communications and media institutions in order to prevent an armed coup against the restoration of independence of Latvia. The square is located on the outer edge of the Old Riga, near Bastejkalns, and its most visible facade is the Jacob's barracks building at Torņa iela 4.

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