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Century Cross

Paul Neagu's Century Cross (Crucea Secolului) was set up at Charles de Gaulle Square in Bucharest, in September 1997, as a memento of the 1989 anti-Communist riots. It is a six meter wide lenticular bronze disk with a large cross pattern on both faces made up of strings of rhombi that perforate its surface. As it is rotated under a 45 degree angle with respect to two major avenues that reach the Plaza at a straight angle, the Century Cross marks a point of visual connection between two important public monuments situated further down on the avenues. Both of these monuments used to be isolated previously from one another: the Triumph Arch, a twenty-five meter tall ivory-white stone structure (Arch. Petre Antonescu, 1935-36) erected in commemoration of Romania's major victories during the First World War; and the Pilots' Statue(Lidia Kotzebue, 1930-1935) a memorial to military victims of air fighting in the first decades of the 20th century.

Paul Neagu (1938-2004), painter, sketcher, sculptor, poet, art professor, considered by many to be the most important plastic artist since Brâncuși. 

Address: Charles de Gaulle Square, Bucharest



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