Did you know that Vilnius has a number of date corners? One of them is on the corner of J. Basanavičiaus Street and Mindaugo Street.
Why is it called a date corner? There is a statue of a boy eating a boot to prove his love to a girl. It is a very romantic yet ironical and cheeky way to say that you love somebody so much that any impossible thing becomes possible.
The statue depicts the scene from a book called La Promesse de l’aube (English translation Promise at Dawn), written in 1960 by Romain Gary – one of France’s most popular writers. The writer was born in Vilnius and spent his childhood here. This book Promise at Dawn is about the writer’s childhood years spent in Vilnius and his childhood love Valentina. To show his love for her Romain was ready to eat a boot!!
The statue is very romantic and I guess it has a real meaning for somebody, because very often the boy has fresh flowers placed in his hands.
Sculpture of Romain Gary by R. Kvintas.