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Yugoslavian Modernism, Monument

Project timeline

1961 – 1962

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Monument & Memorial

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Podgora
Croatia

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
May 21st, 2019

Seagull Wings Monument Change this

Podgora, Croatia
by Rajko Radović Change this
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The monument is positioned on a rocky outcrop in the hills above Podgora overlooking the town and the Adriatic. After a design competition, the proposal submitted by Rajko Radović was selected as the winning entry. During the construction of the monument in 1962 an earthquake hit Podgora and hundreds of homes across the region were destroyed. Despite this setback, work on the monument continued. On September 10th of 1962, twenty years after the formation of the 1st Naval Partisan detachment, Yugoslav President Tito himself unveiled what was called the Gullwing Memorial.

The monument consists of two large concrete stylized gull wings set on a polished-marble paneled square platform. One of the wings extends straight up into the sky, towering 60m above the monument's base, while the second wing is bent horizontal halfway up the sculpture. This monument is among the tallest in all Croatia and is more than likely the tallest abstract sculpture in the whole country. Up-slope from the monument, a large amphitheatre is built into the hillside. From the top of the amphitheatre, amazing views can be seen below of the Adriatic and coastal town of Podgora. During the Yugoslav era, it was one of the most significant WWII commemorative sites in the SR of Croatia.

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