by Mareike Muller in Architecture on Monday 2 September 2013

During the 60s and 70s, Yugoslavia was a prospering playground for the architects of the Spomeniks: Monuments that were created as memorials to the Second World War. But with the fall of socialism, these monuments seem to be abandoned and forgotten.

There are actually not many people outside of Yugoslavia that know about their existence, even though there are thousands of them scattered in this Eastern European country. So it took a talented photographer named Jan Kempenaers to capture these gigantic sculptures of concrete, steel and granite, and to overwhelm us with this series of mysterious objects.