Evolution of cultural monuments in Trbovlje: Contemporary currents from the Black and Red, Industrial Legacy.

Publicity photo of Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in December 1899. Photo was taken by Dickenson V. Alley, photographer at Century Magazines. Wikimedia commons, public domain.

Featuring Benjamin Kreže, Laibach (obviously), Speculum Artium, and a cameo appearance by Nikola Tesla It seems I haven’t finished thinking about Slovenia’s Black region, I find myself thinking again about the industrial legacy of Trbovlje and some of it’s contemporary cultural forms.   A deep narrow river valley just outside the small industrial town of Trbovlje is dominated by Trboveljski dimnik … Continue reading

Dreaming of hot metal: where industry and cultural history meet

Monument showing iron forgers at work, situated in the center of Kropa, a village in the community of Radovljica, Gorenjska, Slovenia. Photographer: Johann Jaritz, Wikimedia under GNU free documentation  license

    I was sharing a beer with a friend recently and she introduced me to a nice guy from Trbovlje who had spent 10 years working underground in the mines there. The conversation re-stirred an ongoing curiosity I have about technological heritage.  My own family history includes generations of underground miners in the North of England (for 500 years my people were troglodytes and metal … Continue reading