One of the Most Famous Works by Dušan Džamonja.

The Podgarić monument, an impressive and somewhat bizarre structure, sits atop a grassy hill in Northern Croatia. Created by the designer Dušan Džamonja, a Croatian native and contemporary sculptor, this monument was built in remembrance of a local uprising that took place during World World II. Located in the tiny village of Podgarić and erected in 1967, the monument is still one of the more famous works by Dušan Džamonja.

The Podgarić monument is a structure of pure creativity, and would be at home bursting from the pages of any science fiction novel. In the centre a honeycomb lattice of aluminium tiles is the main focal point, which is surrounded on either side with vast arms of concrete.

Is it a Bird or a Fighter Jet?!

To some it resembles a bird in flight, to others a large fighter jet. You can judge yourself which description best fits! Impressive… definitely. Majestic… perhaps. Imaginative… inarguably. One can picture Podgarić coming to life and either zooming into the cosmos triumphantly or unfolding its legs and running around the Croatian hills in a mad revolutionary fervour.

Once a part of Tito’s Yugoslavia, the area isn’t in any guide books and over the years has been neglected. The monument’s initial shiny-gleam symbolising victory and strength has slowly dulled with the passage of time. The town of Podgarić itself is sparsely populated, although there is a hotel and a hiking area nearby. It is however an easy commute from Zagreb, and within 2 hours you can be enjoying this spectacle.

[one_half]Opening Hours: The site is open to the elements and as such has no opening times,[/one_half][one_half_last]Address: 8 Podgarić, Podgarić, 43233, Croatia. Your best bet is to travel by train from Zagreb Glvani Kolod to Ludina and take a taxi from there to Podgarić.[/one_half_last]

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Photo credit: Photo 1 by Plamen