The “Broken Landscape” Memorial Sculpture In Croatia

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Bosnic+Dorotic

 

In 2014, a public competition was announced by Croatian Radiotelevision – HRT, to find someone to design the Gordan Lederer Memorial, to mark all the locations where HRT cameramen and photographers were killed during the war in Croatia in the 90’s.

 

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Bosnic+Dorotic

The competition was won by architecture studio NFO and sculptor Petar Barišic, with their proposal called ‘Broken Landscape’.

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Bosnic+Dorotic

The memorial, now complete, has been positioned on Cukur Hill, which offers amazing view of the Una River Valley.

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Bosnic+Dorotic

The memorial represents the lens of a camera, that has been pierced by a snipers bullet.

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Bosnic+Dorotic

The path, designed as milestones of Lederer’s life, has concrete slabs ‘’chained’’ in black steel frames, each engraved with the year of Lederer’s life in negative, as an interpretation of film frames.

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Bosnic+Dorotic

The lens directs visitors to view the valley as Gordan Lederer did, when he took his ‘last shots’, and confronts them with the reality of events that occurred at the location.

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Bosnic+Dorotic

At the same time, the perfect stainless steel circle suggests the continuity of life, framing the view of the same landscape filmed 24 years ago at the same place.

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Boris Kovacev / CROPIX

The memorial was unveiled in August on the 24th anniversary of Lederer’s death.

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Boris Kovacev / CROPIX

Below is a close-up look at the sniper shot that pierces the glass membrane.

Gordan Lederer Memorial by NFO and Petar Bariši?

Photography by Boris Kovacev / CROPIX

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