Urban Spaces 10

  • I took a photo of this statue on a walking tour in Belgrade, and was told by the tour guide that no one knows who the statue’s artist was because it was created during the communist regime, and no artists hired by the government were named during that time. It seems unjust, but interestingly this is the case for many objects in our urban landscapes. Very rarely is a plaque displayed citing the designer of a specific type of brick, a concrete pillar, roofing tiles, or a common public structure such as the rotunda in the photo. The civil workers who create our urban spaces are never acknowledged either. While I cannot name these unsung heroes, who are creating beauty in cities around us, this process of designing clothing from urban spaces has been a great experience for me and my own way of acknowledging the beautiful work of these men and women.