Yugoslavia Forgotten Monuments

Kosmaj

Commissioned by former Yugoslavian president, Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place, these now forgotten structures stand empty and without the significance it once had decades ago. Designed by different sculptors and architects, the strong and powerful blending of art and architecture come together in these monuments to convey the sense of confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. However, after the Republic gradually died down in 1992, they lost their sense of wonder and no longer attracted the millions of visitors a year. More images after the break.

Korenica

As these structures stand abandoned, what should architects do to bring back its significance? Is it appropriate to bring back the same significance it once had or should these structures stand as a symbol of something different? Maybe be turned into a historical site or a part of a museum? Can a structural monument have the potential to stand for something else even though it once created such a strong statement to society? What would be the best response to these forms? Let us know your thoughts.

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Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Yugoslavia Forgotten Monuments" 02 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=131331>

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      LOLOLOLOL. &… These are such beautiful pieces of work and even stronger as a set. I hope someone finds a way to revamp there meaning in a new postive way.

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      12th is in function, for some communal institution. seen it last year, looks powerful!

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    spomenik….the powered monuments…by many kind materials, there are marble, concrete, and metal plate…like a political strategic that the leader make many statue for themself, but spomenik looking different… it designed!!! like “mercusuar project” in early freedom era for indonesia.

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    Shame on whoever wrote this article and didn’t put the monument on Mrakovica (Kozara).Most beautifull one…Number 6 on @Human Wu’s link below.

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    leave them be. let them decay, crumble, and erode. why preserve them? the republic they were built under slowly fell apart, they should do the same.

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      These are monuments to men and women who died to prevent you from speaking German and quite possibly dead in a concentration camp if they so happens to not like you.

      Let’s honor their lives and appreciative what they’ve done for the people.

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    leave them alone, allow access but their current perception by the public contributes to their significance

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