Monument to the fallen soldiers of the Kosmai detachment
Creation time – 1971
Written by Voin Stoich and Gradimir Medakovic
Location – Kosmaj Monumental Park, Serbia
Dimensions and materials – 30 m in height. Concrete
What is the Monument to the fallen soldiers of the Kosmai detachment dedicated to?
The monument is dedicated to a partisan regiment from the Serbian region of Kosmaj and honors the memory of 5,600 partisans who died in the fight against invaders and traitors.
History of creation
In the late 1960s, local committees of the SUBNOR organization began to look for concepts for the construction of a monumental complex, among which the proposal of the Belgrade artist Voin Stoic and the architect Gradimir Medakovic won.
The monument, built in one year on top of a mountain in the Kosmai National Park, immediately became a landmark of the city, which is still popular with tourists.
The central monumental structure of the complex consists of five separate 30-meter-high concrete ribs, which together form a shape resembling a shining star.
From afar, the star-shaped monument seems to be a single structure that combines the symbolism of a five-pointed star and an explosion. But being directly next to the structure itself, it becomes clear that the five cantilever structures stand absolutely free and do not touch each other. Such a visual effect reflects the idea of the unity of Yugoslavia, which acts together as a whole, but is made up of different unique peoples.