Abandoned Oddities in Former Yugoslavia

Posted May 11th, 2011 under Bosnia, Sculptures

This looks like something built by little green men to inform us earthlings that our planet has to go and make room for a new intergalactic mega-highway, but it turns out that this sculpture (any many others) were actually commissioned by president Tito of former Yugoslavia.

Juxtapoz has the story and more pictures: “In the late 1960s and early ’70s, former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito commissioned a range of sculptors and architects to create the following powerful monuments, constructed in honor of WWII battles and where concentration camps once existed.

In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned. These fascinating pieces mostly made of concrete look futuristic and cultish.”

But did you know they also have big statues of Bruce Lee, Johnny Depp, Bill Clinton, Samantha Fox, Johnny Weissmüller and some other media figures in Serbia now?

Art Fag City: “After the highly publicized Bruce Lee monument was erected in Mostar, a city and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2005, a series of similar ventures were initiated in rural Serbia. Some sociologists describe the glorification of nonpolitical celebrity figures as the result of an identity crisis caused by the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, a period when a once functioning multi-ethnic unity collapsed. Serbian artist Milica Tomić, for one, is concerned. She calls the statues “a dangerous joke in which history is being erased and replaced by Mickey Mouse.”

Read on at Art Fag City and check out this fascinating little documentary.