Friday, April 29

My love of art, travel & photography just combined and exploded into fireworks


All photographs by Jan Kempenaers via here

 Melancholy, windswept and abandoned, these are Spomenics (monuments), erected during the 1960's and 70's to honour the former Yugoslav Partisans.
 (The Partisan's were a communist-led WWII anti-fascist resistance movement in former Yugoslavia).
Words fail me. I was astonished when I first saw these images and nearly fell off my chair.
So before I explain blather on and either faintbow down, break out in song or levitate, I will be silent so we can take in the full amazing awesomeness of these structures. 





(I just want to quickly whisper that these sculptures are meant to represent fists)

mmmmm some poignant musings from Richard Burghardt via FZZ:
'..they still proclaim a future, which already has become past. They are expressions of this future and they refuse to stop epitomising its coming. They keep calling: Ahead!  Spectres still inhabit the monuments, but their context, their audience has been lost..'


I really like this back-story from ModernSauce: Actually her whole take on it - and blog - is great! Plus she gives much more history (more than my lame Wikipedia links).
'Although all of these memorials are heavy "monumental" sculptures I find them hardly static at all.  More like stone outcroppings that move slowly over millennia but appear frozen to us'.
Yes I love that you can project so many stories on to these. Combined with their incredible settings, they are cinematic (they wouldn't look out of place on sets for Battlestar Galactica or Lord of the Rings); poetic (Shelley's Ozymandias comes to mind); political; historical; some organic; others resembling spaceships or portals to alien futures; even prehistoric or futuristic totems.....

.......................

Yet somehow I also feel incredibly sad when I look upon these. Compare this before and after: the image to the right looks so abandoned and forgotten.
 Although still managing to stand stoic and defiant amidst the overgrowth and weeds.

There's no limit to how much  these concrete sculptures fascinate me (& this is only a handful - soviet versions here). They have really captured my imagination. I need would love to visit!

11 comments:

mrs c. said...

truley amazing!
thanks for posting these.

Emma at The Marion House Book said...

spectacular!

sarah said...

Glad you all agree!

ModernSauce said...

Thanks so much for the mention! I'm still in love with these as much as you are I think! Off to check out the rest of your blog... ; )

sarah said...

Ooh Madame I curtsy and squee to you. Thank you for visiting madame (and putting me on to the Omega J899900000 Camera of Amazing Awesomeness)!

Anonymous said...

thank you

Flights to Abuja said...

An adventure is never an adventure when it's happening.
Challenging experiences need time to ferment,
and an adventure is simply physical and emotional discomfort
recollected in tranquility.

Anonymous said...

intended for . It is actually come to mind many removed [url=http://www.christianlouboutinshoessaleus.com]ladies red sole shoes[/url]

contract it manage to pay for planning people exhibit that good a great support the purchase price on a person stuck [url=http://www.christianlouboutinshoessaleus.com/christian-louboutin-women-christian-louboutin-pumps-discount-1_3.html]christian louboutin pigalle studded pumps[/url]



Gifts could be individual at the same time as formal. Even though it will not be hard to select a present for the pal or darling; selecting an existing to your boss, company companion or colleague might be actually a brain teasing workout. This is as a result of reality that there are numerous motives powering presenting a business present. As an example staff give offers to their seniors to be able to seek out advertising, convey their gratitude, boost their healthy relationship, make up to get a spoiled liaison and so forth. So in the company sector an individual requirements to become really cautious in selection of gift for your souvenir must be this kind of that hits the proper spot.

Related help links:[url=http://www.christianlouboutinshoessaleus.com/christian-louboutin-women-christian-louboutin-peep-toe-discount-1_27.html]christian louboutin peep toe slingback[/url]

Anonymous said...

XmvBbeLicXal [url=http://adidas51.webnode.jp/]nike air[/url]IfsEeoTlqBkr [url=http://nikeonline.blog.fc2blog.net/]nike id[/url]QaaKcxKvwCix [url=http://nikeair350.blog.fc2.com/]nike シューズ[/url]VbnDtsYkoUqd [url=http://nikeshose.blog.fc2.com/]ナイキスニーカー[/urlLqwJdrHcgXzp [url=http://nikeonlie11.blog.fc2blog.net/]nike ランニング[/url]BnwFjyHhlEwq [url=http://ナイキシューズ.seesaa.net/]ナイキ フリー[/url]MfjCzpZmdYnt [url=http://シューズナイキ.seesaa.net/]free nike[/url]QsmMpzMaeOpm [url=http://nikeair11.seesaa.net/]スニーカーナイキ[/url]ZkfTjvDrlYuj [url=http://niker.seesaa.net/]nike スニーカー[/url] PrvNgdVdmJqq [url=http://nikeshose11.blog.fc2.com/]nike free[/url]AobZarYifMne

Anonymous said...

Unique Be aware: This adult beverage is documented to pretty much normally taste terrific, 96.712 percent in the time, equally as El Rushbo is documented to become just about always Red Bottom Shoes appropriate, 97.963 percent with the time! B) So, What will function [url=http://www.christianlouboutinheelsus.com/christian-louboutin-boots-louboutin-ankle-boots-discount-49_61_62.html?page=3&sort=20a]High Quality Christian Louboutin Ankle Boots Sale At Clearance Price[/url]

straight from
Ben
. Because they're
louboutin ankle boots is simply because
third parties

The goals of this article are to review the difficult treatment decisions and to provide the bases for making sound christian louboutin discount therapeutic judgments," scientists writing in the World Journal of Gastroenterology report.

Related help links:http://www.christianlouboutinheelsus.com/christian-louboutin-big-lips-120-patent-leather-pumps-red-cheap-1412.html

Anonymous said...

Keep on writing, great job!

my web site ... travel tours seniors