Skonto Būve commences the reconstruction works of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
Divi Raiņi – sculpture work by Aigars Bikše is open for public
New kindergarten Čiekuriņš is opened in Ikšķile
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Skonto Būve commences the reconstruction works of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

On September 13, 2018, with the festive time capsule embedding for future generations, construction works of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia were started. Skonto Būve will perform reconstruction of the Museum of the Occupation and building of new annex using the design of the Latvian-American architect Gunārs Birkerts.

 “Museum of the Occupation is one of the national symbols of Latvia making us to remember the most tragic chapters of the history of our state. Therefore, as a construction company we feel truly honoured and also a great responsibility in starting the reconstruction works of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. We will perform the works with utmost efficiency allowing the Museum of the Occupation to return to their original premises already in 2020 and bring the records of history in new form also to the next generations,” Juris Pētersons, the Member of the Board of the Skonto Būve, emphasized during the festive time capsule immuring event.

Minister of Culture of the Republic of Latvia Dace Melbārde, Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development Kaspars Gerhards, Chairman of the Board of the Occupation Museum Association of Latvia Valters Nollendorfs, Director of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia Gunārs Nāgels and Member of the Board of the SJSC “State Real Estate” Ronalds Neimanis participated in the festive time capsule embedding event.

On 29 May, 2018, Skonto Būve and SJSC “State Real Estate” signed a contract on reconstruction of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. The reconstruction of the Occupation Museum is implemented under programme "100 Addresses for Latvia's Centenary", which envisages creation of buildings that we can be proud of even after hundred years.

Divi Raiņi – sculpture work by Aigars Bikše is open for public

On Tuesday, September 11, near National Library of Latvia, sculpture work Divi Raiņi by sculptor Aigars Bikše was opened. Artwork was created with the support of the foundation Mākslai vajag telpu, Zuzāni family and patron of the arts Guntis Rāvis, with cooperation of the National Library of Latvia.

“It is difficult to image the world without outstanding art or literature. Rainis was one of the gems of the Latvian literature providing significant contribution also in the development of our country. Therefore I am truly honoured to support this sculpture work Divi Raiņi by Aigars Bikše. I hope that contribution of Rainis will serve as the source of inspiration also for further changes in our society,” emphasizes patron of the arts Guntis Rāvis.

Sculpture work is made of two identical sculptures – the same person Rainis – each sculpture sitting on the opposite side of the bench, still the dimensional relations of the sculpture differ, portraying idea of growing into one’s wisdom and viewpoint, change of perspective both during the life of an individual and nation. Rainis is pictured as an outstanding personality in the scene of culture and enthusiast for strengthening the Latvian identity. He is like the scale and symbol of the idea about the “magnitude of Latvians”. Sculpture by the sculptor Aigars Bikše consists of two Rainis sitting on the opposite sides of bench with different dimensional relations. Large sculpture of Rainis is three metres high while the small – one metre. There is a ten metres long bench situated between the two sculptures, resembling part of the endlessly long bench where numerous figures of Rainis are sitting. There is also a sitting space for the viewer allowing to form an individual connection with the sculpture. Image of the sculpture shows Rainis as a renowned personality in the culture of Latvia and promoter of Latvian identity. He is like the symbol of the idea about the „magnitude of Latvians”.

New kindergarten Čiekuriņš is opened in Ikšķile

On September 1, 2018, new preschool education establishment Čiekuriņš and secondary school extension to the primary school was opened. Skonto Būve Ltd. implemented the project.

Within the frameworks of the project Skonto Būve Ltd. constructed a 3523 square meters large preschool education building, also modernized the area of 2.1 hectares where children’s playgrounds and sports fields, access road and parking places are located.

In total up to 174 children will be able to attend the kindergarten. It is planned to enrol children from 2 years of age, including also children with special needs, therefore premises and entrances of the kindergarten are specially adjusted to them.