Daily Picture 9-Dec-09: Post-Communist Urban Tastes

Is this a new and worrying trend in Romania's urban landscaping? Disused Soviet era MIG-21 fighter jet used as public park monument in a civilian residential area of Fetesti, South East Romania. (©Valentin Mandache)

Is the above image a measure of Romania’s population ignorance and neglect, after decades of communism and chaotic post-comunist transition, of its own architectural heritage? That seems to be the case in provincial towns such as Fetesti, where I took this photograph. The Soviet era awe inspiring MIG-21 fighter jet publicly displayed as a monument in a residential area is a reflection of the terror and brain washing induced by decades of communism and how that transformed the local psyche. Appreciation of history, old urban and peasant architecture and local arts and crafts seems to be light years away from the minds of citizens of this town. The hope is that the next generation would somehow be able to again appreciate its heritage and identity, facts considered by many locals today as shallow pernicketies.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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