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Riga's peat art gallery

21.05.2018

Located in an unassuming industrial building in Riga's port area is a one-of-a-kind gallery featuring artworks created by hand using none other than peat - one of Latvia's prime natural resources. Preparing the peat is a process that starts with studying the source bogs and ends with processing the material for use in art and design. Artist Edgars Ameriks welcomes visitors for private tours and workshops.

The gallery features a collection of exotic figures, design pieces and experimental prototypes carved from the natural material. One of the highlights is a large and fully functional table made through experimenting with hardened peat. You can see three centuries of history in the layers of the peat. The table is a geologist's dream!

Edgars shares a story: "When I was invited to take part in an art symposium in Finland, the organisers asked me what I could make.

They couldn't believe when I said I'd already managed to make a table. No one expects anything like this to be possible with peat!"

Visitors to the gallery can look forward not only to seeing the unusual art but also refining their knowledge of peat extraction and processing, and the characteristics of peat as a source material. Edgars is happy to share the knowledge he's gained through working with peat. When not creating unique artworks, he's actually the marketing manager of a peat production company. Upon individual request, Edgars can also arrange tours to the bogs where the peat is extracted from.

When visiting the gallery, be sure to pay close attention to the soundtrack. Earth Sounds, a 12-piece installation by artists Edgars Ameriks, Dmitrijs Lavrentjevs and Normunds Saumanis consists of individual sculptures placed on ethnic percussion instruments from around the world. They’ve been placed to form a circle and each one plays the sound of the corresponding instrument creating a special harmony – the sounds of our Earth.

Find more information about the peat art gallery and workshop online at www.edgarsameriks.com

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