Sunday, April 24, 2011

25 Abandoned Soviet Monuments that look like they're from the Future | Crack Two

25 Abandoned Soviet Monuments that look like they're from the Future Crack Two

Wow, somebody sent these to me and they are really worth looking at.
I wonder where these will belong in the annuls of Art History?  It is interesting that in the 1980's these monuments attracted millions of visitors and now none, abandoned.  Some are clearly engineering marvels, way ahead of their times and all are huge, massive, heavy, in your face.
   They are depicting battles from World War II or Concentration Camps, moments of death and suffering for millions.  How do you do this without being ugly?  I would think that to be part of the artist's task.
Monstrosities for a monstrous times.
   What is interesting about this "art" is that no humanity is depicted in it anywhere.  Maybe that is the way it should be, just power and insanity gone amok.  It is "non-art" now, abandoned and gone to waste with no upkeep and no visitors.  I don't think it was ever meant to be pleasant or graceful or entertaining or attractive like Disneyland.  I think it was meant to "Shock and Awe" and find it interesting that it no longer does this.
Have a look at it and tell me what you think.
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6 comments:

PAMO said...
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Clipped Wings said...

Amazing! I too am in awe and would love to walk through and around these in person; but not shocked. I have gotten too use to the monstrosity happenings of people on earth. It never ends.

Dan Kent said...

Darned interesting. I think they are mostly all grotesque, really, except for the steel structure in the middle that I rather like. I don't know about shock. I don't know about awe. But many of them are frightful.

AutumnLeaves said...

For some reason I am reminded of the original Time Machine movie when the protagonist ends up in the way distant future. I won't tell you what other ramifications this brought to mind...

Ruby said...

Wow!
Now I want to know the stories behind each monument; what event did they commemorate.
Such beauty should be preserved for all time and for all to see!
Such a shame; doubly so for they must have been conceived as a tribute.