One sunny May morning I went to Mažonys (Lithuania), a village which is so small that even a bus driver didn’t know where exactly it is situated. Just another settlement far from big cities, and at first sight seems that there’s nothing extraordinary about it. However, one of the houses there is so unusual that I simply couldn’t not go there.
I never miss an opportunity to explore pet cemeteries. What I like the most about such places is their specific atmosphere—kitschy and sentimental decorations together with the purpose of these sites turn them into something weird and beutiful—in their own way. After visiting pet cemeteries in Lithuania, Poland (the old one as well as its new part) and Moldova, it was time to visit the one Prague (Czech Republic). Despite the official name ‘Psí hřbitov’, or ‘Dog Cemetery’, there also other pets buried there, even cats—the eternal enemies of dogs. The area is rather small, however, it’s full of graves, and the rest of it is overgrown with trees and bushes. This composition of nature and kitschy decorations as usual turned the place into something extraordinary and inviting to explore it.
After visiting a few pet cemeteries in Poland (the old one as well as its new part) and Lithuania and finding so much of weirdness there, it was a must for me to explore also the one in Chișinău (Moldova). This place wasn’t that easy to find, as the mentioned graveyard isn’t official one, thus it has no website with directions, maps and other information that would help to get there. Luckily, thanks to a few fairly reliable details about the site I managed to define the exact location of the cemetery. So, being in Chișinău, I left the city centre and followed the path leading to the weird graveyard.
You can never know what you’ll find on the way to well known places. Sometimes these finds may stick in mind for even longer time than the final destination of the trip.
The continuation of the old pet cemetery ‘Psi Los’ in Konik Nowy (Poland)—its new part (more about the old cemetery here). It’s much smaller than the previously mentioned old one but the site is expanding—more an more of the land there is becoming covered with at the same time gloomy and cheerful little graves. Despite its small size the cemetery already consists of plenty of weird tombs surprising any visitor of the place.
Whichever place I visit, I always show its most interesting details. However, I won’t even try to fool you that I attempted to do it this time, as in case of a site I wanted to present now it was simply impossible. The mentioned place is the pet cemetery ‘Psi Los’, situated in Konik Nowy, a village near Warsaw (Poland), consisting of two a bit remote from each other parts (the old and new cemetery), and full of the details turning it into a really weird place.
A few sculptures that ended up in a rather unusual place for pieces of art to be found—a yard of a workshop in Vilnius (Lithuania). A huge lamb, a man with a dolphin, another one sitting on the chair and other creatures surprise everyone who sees them passing through the industrial area where they are situated. The sculptures are not perfect—it is easy to notice, for instance, some missing parts and cracks. However, considering the gloominess of the place, these defects seem to be suiting these pieces of art perfectly and making them an inherent part of the grey industrial area surrounding them.
The time between the moment I got to know where this place is and the moment I went there was around one hour. Knowing about this weird site was simply impossible not to be in a hurry to see it. A small garden full of stuffed toys is something that definitely doesn’t happen to see every day.
It does not happen too often to see a place like this. An oasis of magic and surreality in the desert of ordinariness—that’s probably the best way to describe this weird site, forcing to stop everyone who by some reason pass through the area where it’s situated. Unusual decorations on the fence as well as some strange details visible behind it wake up the curiosity and invite to enter the gate.
The road leading to this place was destroyed. It’s strictly forbidden to enter that area and those who don’t care about the warnings surrounding the site risk to get a fine. All that is done to protect visitors from entering the place which is so beautiful that the will to go there can even kill.