In the summer of 2013, my husband and I embarked on a 8 week European house-swapping adventure. Our first stop: Romania. Admittedly, not at the top of my list, but Matthew was doing some research for his novel, and he needed to get there.
Romania was the last place I expected to see Modernist structures, and there weren't many. But, one lazy Sunday, we drove into the town of Tirgu Mures, and we found a plaza called Piata Teatrului. To my delight there were some really great structures there - a fountain, large sculpture, some brutalist architecture and a big plaza.
Here are a few photos:
Lovely bronze sculpture in the center of town.
A lovely fountain with forms reminiscent of Jean Arp's biomorphic sculptures.
A shopping mall!
Romania's answer to Henry Moore?
Fantastic tiles cover a wall.
A lovely ode to Modernism and science adorns the side of a building that is now a McDonald's.
Of course, I don't speak or read Romanian, and our guide book failed to mention this plaza at all. I got the impression the locals weren't too fond of it anymore. If I ever find out more, I promise to fill you in.