Friday, September 9, 2016
I grew up in Syracuse New York throughout the 80s and I remember A LOT of cement in the architecture there. Lemoyne College, the Library, the Museum, etc.--LOTS of cement; and while many say that this particular style feels oppressive, when I look at Brutalist architecture, I'm attracted like a moth to flame--not only because there's a heightened vibe of my hometown, but as an artist, these shapes are truly gorgeous. Came across some particularly great examples today--not all Brutalist, but definitely a lot of cold, comforting, calcitrant cement.
Plus, a lot of amazing stories behind most of these...
"Monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina" by Dušan Džamonja 1967 (Podgarić, Croatia)
"Kosmaj Monument" unknown 1970 (Nemenikuće, Serbia)
"Three Fists" by Ivan Sabolić 1963 (Bubanj Memorial Park, Niš, Serbia)
"The Monument to the Brave" by Miodrag Zivkovic and Svetislav Licina 1969 (Ostra, Serbia)
"Makedonium" by Jordan and Iskra Grabuloska 1974 (Kruševo, Macedonia)
Monument to Zenica Partisan Detachment" unknown 1968 (Zenica, Bosnia and Hersegovina)
"Monument to the Detachment in Brezovica Forest" by Želimir Janeš 1981 (Sisak, Croatia)
"Monument to Hanged Patriots" unknown (Vranjske Njive, Montenegro)
"The National Liberation War Monument" (or "Martyr's Monument) unknown (Priština, Kosovo)
"Monument to Fallen Fighters" by Miodrag Živković 1961 (Priština, Kosovo)
"The Avala Tower" by Uglješa Bogdanović and Slobodan Janjić 1965 (Belgrade, Serbia)
"The Monument of Sutjeska" by Miodrag Živković 1964 (Sutjeska, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
"The Reunification Monument' by Gédéon Mpando 1974 (Yaounde, Cameroon)
"Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship" by Evgeni Barǎmov, Alyosha Kafedzhiyski and Kamen Goranov 1978 (Varna, Bulgaria)
"The Buzludzha Monument" by Guéorguy Stoilov 1981 (Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria)
"The Wedding Palace" by Victor Djorbenadze 1984 (Tbilisi, Georgia)
"Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics"by B.I. Artushin and S.V. Savin 1968 (St. Petersburg, Russia)
"Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria" by Krum Damyanov and Ivan Slavov 1981 (Shumen, Bulgaria)
"The Church of Stykkishólmur" by Jón Haraldsson 1990 (Stykkishólmur, Iceland)
Such a feast! More to come...