'Sėkmės pilvas' ('Lucky Belly') – Vilnius, Lithuania - Atlas Obscura

'Sėkmės pilvas' ('Lucky Belly')

Rub it for a bit of good luck. 

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A brass belly sculpture protruding from a wall on a busy pedestrian street lined with cafes. The belly is dedicated to all who need a bit of luck. A plaque invites passersby to rub the belly for luck.

Inspiration for the sculpture came from an old story about the town’s former mayor. He was interested in the success found by a local family—though they did not have much money, their sons made names for themselves, one as a merchant and the other as a craftsman. When the mayor asked their mother how she had raised such successful children, she replied, “what you stroke, grows.” Every morning she would stroke one of her son’s arms every morning and the other son’s belly.

The wall-mounted sculpture was created by Lithuanian artist Romas Kvintas, who joked that he used his own belly as a reference while creating the piece.

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The belly is partially hidden behind some cafe tables.

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