Monday, March 7, 2011

The Čukur Fountain: Now you see it, now you don't

The bronze statue seen on the right is of a Serbian boy, who was killed in 1862 by occupying Turks in a skirmish over who had drawing rights from this fountain on Dobracina Street in downtown Belgrade. The boy's death initiated a movement for the liberation of Belgrade and other Serbian cities from Turkish rule.

This post goes out to a young Serbian lady from the US, who had written me for a photo of the fountain. I can only partially fulfill her request, since the statue you see above was stolen several months ago, and fortunately found, but very damaged. It is to be repaired and replaced soon. (I photo borrowed from another source on the Internet, whereas the photo with the wreath in honor of the missing statue is mine.)

8 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Very nice Bibi, thank you.

Gaelyn said...

How sad to deface a fountain.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What a wonderful tribute and I hope that repairs will take place soon... such a sad story.

Bises,
G

Olivier said...

bel hommage, la statue est assez dure a voir, avec ce corps, mais c'est surement l'effet voulu

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

impressive monument! well done! regards

Jelena said...

One of the best and saddest statues in our city!

Daryl said...

I do not understand vandalism ... its as selfish as suicide ..

tinica said...

Very sad story, hope all is repaired quickly, and that this never happens again. I'm a Jenki with island property in Cro, where monuments to Partizans are sometimes vandalized, or obscured with plantings and trees. Every year in June, I walk from village to village doing what I can to clear branches and remove spray paint. But that's not much compared to stealing this beautiful sculpture.