During the 1960s and 70s, thousands of monuments commemorating the Second World War called ‘Spomeniks’ were built throughout the former Yugoslavia. The striking sculptures feature angular geometry echoing the shapes of flowers, crystals, and macro-views of viruses or DNA. In the 1980s the Spomeniks attracted millions of visitors from the Eastern bloc, but today they are largely neglected and unknown. Belgium photographer Jan Kempenaers travelled through the Balkans photographing these eerie shapes and produced a book of photographs also titled Spomenik. It's a shame that these don't drawn crowds the way they used to, but their unique beauty is perhaps even more striking in the empty landscapes and slight dilapidation of stone and glass. More here, or buy the book here.



  1. This is beautiful. They look like something out of a sci-fi movie.

  2. I found about them a few months ago and since that I´m fascinated.

    The third picture is one of my favorites.

    XX http://miramodernonosoybethditto.blogspot.com.es

  3. These are incredible. Very haunting. Reminds me of something you would find on a planet that was formerly inhabited, but had all intelligent life wiped out, leaving empty cities overrun by wilderness.

  4. I've never understood how sculpture artists can conceive such beautiful ideas, and then choose concrete as a building material. It deteriorates and crumbles and absorbs stains, and usually looks terrible after about 15 years. I guess they aren't given a budget that matches their talent...

  5. @ZZ, the funding is probably true--state funded projects aren't given many funds because governments don't always value the arts. I actually like the decay of concrete though...

  6. http://www.cracked.com/article_20357_7-modern-ghost-towns-that-look-like-sci-fi-movies.html

    Couldn't get around noting the coincidence.


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