The Metelkova City Monsters

No, that’s not a band. They’re hanging sculptures in Ljubljana’s Metelkova City cultural center that resemble fairly closely what I look like after answering a few too many election season robocalls. They’re also the most Halloween-y critters I could come up at the moment. I got the impression that the one above is the head of the clan.

This extended family takes pride of place in the sprawling Metelkova complex, a former Yugoslav army barracks near the Slovenian capital’s center which for the past two decades has been home to several studios, galleries, live music venues and the Celica hostel. A self-proclaimed ‘autonomous cultural center’, Metelkova sits at the fringe of Ljubljana’s newish museum quarter next to The Museum of Contemporary Art which opened in 2011.

Despite lots of political jockeying over the years that sometimes left its future in doubt, Metelkova remains a vital and vibrant alternative and progressive gathering place, thanks largely to the community organizations and activists that fight to maintain its existence. And to this family of watchful monsters.


Monster sculpture at Ljubljana's Metelkova City Monster sculpture at Metelkova City in Ljubljana Metelkova monster trio

Kiss from a hanging monster sculpture in Ljubljana's Metelkova City

And for the record, the lead photo serves as today’s Pic du Jour, the 291st straight, which was snapped on 30 September 2014.

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