Njegoš’s monument Ljubljana 2013 completed
Honouring the bicentenary of birth of montenegrin poet, ruler and vladika Petar II. Petrović Njegoš, the honorary consul of Montenegro in Slovenia, mr. Vojislav Kovač donated a monument to Njegoš to the city of Ljubljana. Great merits go to Njegoš as a fighter for the independence of southern slavs and their individual linguistic autonomy that were historicaly crucial for the idea of Slovenia.
Redevelopment of a parking lot in the crossroads od Njegoševa and Šmartinska street into a park with the new monument marks a significant point in space and is creating a change in the character of the area as well as the neighbourhood. Chosen area is a point of intersection and collision of two different town parts, older and lower housing of Vodmat and more recent Tabor, built in the beginning of the past century. Monument stands in midst of grown birches. The municipality and urban furniture was contributed by the municipality of Ljubljana. Form of the monument looks up to Meštrovič’s mausoleum to Njegoš in Lovćen and Plečnik’s memorials. The base of the sculpture,done by Drago Đurović is a monolithic stone, called visočica, from the vicinity of Danilovgrad in Montenegro. The stone was sculpted to its final appearance with the use of the most recent computer- assisted stonemason technology. Monument to Njegoš brings a more metropolitan character to Ljubljana and means a confirmation of good relations between the countries.

Authors: Rok Žnidaršič u.d.i.a., avtor portreta Drago Đurović

Collaborator: Žiga Ravnikar u.d.i.a., Marko Drpić oblikovalec, Maja Licul oblikovalka

Client: Consulate of Montenegro in Republic of Slovenia

Project date: 2013; Completition date: 2014

Area: 355 m2

Photo: Martin Kruh