Our journey through abandoned Yugoslavian monuments continues in Serbia on the Kosmaj mountain south of Belgrade. It is a nice place where to spend a quiet summer afternoon enjoying the breeze under the shadow of a tree, walking on a trail through the woods or having a family picnic, but what’s really interesting about this spot is the majestic monument right on the top of the mountain dedicated to the “Kosmaj Partisan detachment” that fought the Nazis in this area during World War II.
This concrete sculpture is massive, it appears from behind trees and bushes after climbing a rather long, uneven brick stairway, and forces you to look up to the tips of its gigantic arms melting with the sky. The sections, junctions lines, and overall geometry are perfectly balanced yet disturbing: you can’t stop to look at it yet you want to look away. The contrast between the gray concrete and the blue sky of a summer day is the perfect representation of this balance.
Heading downhill, after spending one hour looking at each detail of the monument, touching its cold concrete structure and imaging what was going on in the mind that designed it, you can’ help but look at the review mirror hoping to see it picking out over the tree line, to get one last glimpse of its beauty.
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