Y is for Yugoslavian Monuments

The Letter YIn the 1960s and 70s, former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito commissioned a number of large sculptures to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place or where concentration camps stood.

The sculptures are very large and made of concrete. They were designed by different sculptors and architects and are a unique blend of art and architecture.

I’m intrigued by the “differentness” of these monuments. They seem to be of alien origin or straight out of a futuristic novel. They would work well as settings for a scifi novel.

You can see the sculptures here as photographed by Jan Kempenaers.

Monument to Kosmaj partisan division from WWII

Monument to Kosmaj partisan division from WWII on top of Kosmaj mountain, near Belgrade, Serbia

My Idea:

While I’m intrigued by the idea of using them as settings for a scifi novel on another world, I think I would write a story about them here on Earth. Perhaps, the sculptors and architects who designed them were influenced by a stranded alien, stuck here on Earth.

Needing a way to signal his people, he “influences” the designers to build each monument in a specific way. Once completed, he is able to activate an energy source that signals his people using the monuments as part of his “machinery”. They rescue him and leave the planet.

But his “machinery” is still running and other aliens pick up the signal. They come to Earth in our present-day and humanity must figure out how to deal with them. There are two factions involved – those that want to shut off the signal before more aliens arrive and those that want to keep it running. The question is who will win?

What do you think of the Yugoslavian Monuments?

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