Day 23 Spomen park Bubanj, Niš, Serbia
What better way to start off our day for our last spomenik than with a rare chocolate croissant. Searching high and low, in the wide, broad city of Belgrade, with vast spans of roads and old architecture…….…we found croissants right down the road….
Today was one of those few days that we didn’t get too lost. When we got close, we were next to a small mountain. Here we saw the spomenik rising above the trees on the ridge of the mountain. It was enormous. We then drove in the trees and parked. Walking up the stone path, we saw parts of the concrete massing revealing itself. It was hard to get a picture capturing the whole thing due to the trees, or being too close, but I was able to grab a couple. Unlike most days, today we had plenty of time to spend at the spomenik. It was neat to find out that each of the 5 identical forms were free standing, and looked as if they should fall due to their small base. Long elegant stretching arms reached to the sky and to the horizon. An original play of curves and angles mixed well in this piece, seeming strong yet fluid.
This was our last spomenik visit, and after walking around it and taking pictures, Courtney and I sat together and did nothing but soak it in for a little while. We started to ask ourselves concluding questions: What will we take away from this trip? Have we made the most of it? How much will these monuments influence us in the rest of our lives? Discussing these topics, we learned from each other and grew in our understanding of design and art.
Bringing ourselves to departure was hard, but instead of leaving in sadness, we decide to go out with a few “fun” pictures, pretending the monuments are blowing us away or drawing us in, and even pictures of us being elevated next to it. Many laughs later and shameless embarrassment of other visitors, we walked the long walk back to the car.
For dinner we wanted to go to the same delicious restaurant as yesterday, but they were closed early on Sundays. Instead we ate a small pizza joint that was open 24 hours. It was still a little early when we finished eating, and so we walked around Belgrade for a little. I think this was a very heavy walk for us in our minds as the end of our trip is truly setting in.