The Nonument Group’s approach and method is dissecting the memory and context of a specific Nonument and creating a Gesamkunstwerk (total artwork) action. By staging artistic interventions, the collective calls attention to the importance of public spaces and the issues caused by nonsustainable management of architectural heritage. The Nonument Group’s first intervention took place in the US, when a Designated Free Speech Zone and one of few public spaces in downtown Baltimore, the Brutalist McKeldin Fountain, was earmarked for demolition. After the fountain’s demolition, the group continued their work and developed an award-winning Augmented Reality app, a virtual memorial to the lost fountain. In 2019, three new interventions are scheduled to take place in Slovenia, Bulgaria and Cyprus. The first intervention will take place in May on the site of the former Pioneer Railway in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Ljubljana Pioneer Railway
The Nonument Group's next action will take place in Ljubljana on the locations of the former Pioneer Railroad that operated between 1948 and 1954. On 25 May 2019, an artistic intervention will revive the children's railway that almost completely disappeared from the city and public memory.
Nonument 01: McKeldin Fountain
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Nonument 01: McKeldin Fountain is the first in a series of actions by the international artistic collective Nonument Group. After several on-site interventions and unsuccessful attempts at saving the McKeldin Fountain in downtown Baltimore, the group has created an Augmented Reality app, a virtual memorial to the now demolished Brutalist landmark.