In the 1960s and 70s, former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito wanted to commemorate WWII battles sites and former concentration camp sites with grand structures. They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, etc.) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…) in honor of the Socialist Republic.
By the 1990s, the Republic had dissolved, the structures were abandoned and “their symbolic meanings were forever lost.”
They once portrayed the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic with their powerful, brutalist style and visual impact. But in their current state, I believe these structures portray a more eerie message. Once all power is abdicated and the gory excitement is gone, what is left can be seen as an honorable regression to silence and non-action.