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/2010/ Statue of Roman god Mercury on top of Ljubljana’s oldest department store Urbančeva palača (Urbanc palace) in the city centre.
/2015/ Martin Krpan and his mare, two Slovenian literary heroes, only appear on top of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre building on the hour. They delight the people of Ljubljana for some tens of seconds, accompanied by a fanfare.
/2014/ Ljubljana landfill at Barje. Machines located on top of a 24-metre hill of compressed waste are separating refuse into bigger and smaller fractions in order to prepare them for further processing.
/2013/ Nuclear reactor belonging to Jožef Stefan Institute. While in operation the core of the reactor glows blue as a result of the so-called Cherenkov radiation. This radiation occurs when electrons in the water of the reactor reach a speed greater than the velocity of light (which is, of course, lower when propagating in a material as opposed to a vacuum) and emit a blue glow as they do so.
/2015/ Reuse centre, a social enterprise dedicated to extending the life of still usable products and preventing them from ending up as refuse. Written-off items are fixed and renewed and sold at a symbolic price.
/2015/ Mascara, a fado and tango music group, in the ethno club Zlati zob.
/2013/ Cukrarna, a former sugar refinery from the 19th century. It later served as a barracks and is now most notable as the site where several Slovenian writers and poets found refuge at the beginning of the 20th century, some of them also meeting their bitter end here.
/2011/ A 14th century artesian well at the Ljubljana castle featuring a treadle wheel and a windlass for lifting the water. The well is 60 metres deep and reaches farther down than the tunnel through the castle hill.
/2014/ Union brewery storage plant. Farmers used to collect ice from the river branches of the Sava, transport it to the brewery in their carts and dropped it from ground level into the back of the brewery cellar. The ice was used to maintain the optimal temperature for beer storage throughout the year and the cellar is still used for storing barrels of unfiltered beer.
/2013/ The Cankarjev dom organ, believed to be the biggest instrument in the country, has been in the care of organist Saša Frelih since its inauguration 33 years ago. The instrument weighs several tens of tons, is made up of over 8000 pipes and took six months to assemble, with another six spent on intoning and tuning.
/2010/ Astronomical and Geophysical observatory Golovec from 1959.
/2014/ The hydroelectric plant in Fužine castle on the Ljubljanica river was the first Slovenian alternating-current power plant. Its operation began in 1897, some years after Nikola Tesla’s invention of the polyphase induction motor.
/2014/ A workshop deep under the The Hands-on Science Centre, in which practically all experiments devised in The Centre first come to light. Dušan is the one to give the deluge of ideas in the House their final shape and form.
/2014/ The interior of the Dallas Records publishing company was decorated by Mrle, singer with the Croatian rock band Let 3. In order to decorate the ceiling of the director’s office he ransacked souvenir shops selling sea shells in Rijeka and Trieste and collected the remainder himself on various beaches.
/2015/ The depiction of the Virgin of Mercy portrays the role of Mary as the protector of departed Christians’ souls, as she shelters them under her mantle on the inner, eastern side of the arch, representing the world of the dead, peace and contemplation. The sculpture of Jesus completes the dual meaning of the arch; turned outwards, towards the West, the Saviour who represents the world of the living and the principle of active life is receiving the dead. Named The All Saints’ Garden by the cemetery’s architect, Jože Plečnik, the colonnade marks the entrance to the garden. Together with fourteen mortuaries, central oratory with a canopy, a joiner’s workshop and the garden, the columns, allegories of tree trunks, create an intimate space of final farewell for the mourners and the deceased. Most appropriately for our time of questionable social values, the building of the Tax Administration stands in a fittingly cool blue light to the left of the Virgin of Mercy. A protector of public welfare, the Administration’s mission of common good for the benefit of the community has driven many of its members to their grave in the Garden.
/2013/ As a result of post-independence euphoria following Slovenia’s secession from Yugoslavia, many exhibits in the Red Corner were initially going to end up as refuse. An employee of Grand Hotel Union began to store them in an underground room in 1991, where they were later discovered by the then-director Bogdan Lipovšek. He immediately recognized the historical value of the collection and after seeing it, the art collective IRWIN gave it its present name and painted the room green to commemorate the Spanish revolution. The collection includes several museum-worthy exhibits: an original portrait of Marshall Tito, drawn on a paper grocery bag by Nikolaj Pirnat; a shirt of a Partisan major; two union banners and much more. An attempt to retain historical consciousness at a time when it seems to have disappeared completely.
/2015/ Operating theatre at the The OrtopedicUniversity Medical Centre Ljubljana
/2015/ Alojz Recek is the master of reuse. He is mounting rear supporting wheels for his spouse who had never learnt to ride a bicycle and is recovering after serious knee operation.
/2011/ The new water storage on Rožnik, designed during the Italian occupation of Ljubljana. Construction finished in 1945, with the roof and some of the other elements of the building designed by the architect Jožef Plečnik.
/2011/ The old water storage on Rožnik, dating to the end of the 19th century, was part of the first water supply network in Ljubljana.
/2011/ Water well number 3, located 27 metres below surface. Dating back to 1890 it was part of the first water supply network in Ljubljana and is still in operation today.
/2011/ A bridge construction in Črna (Barje), where the pipeline with potable water for the city crosses the Ljubljanica river.
/2011/ This 15-metre deep well from the early 17th century, located in what is today Park Zvezda, was used to supply water to the church of St. John the Evangelist, as well as the Capuchin monastery and its extensive gardens.
/2011/ Sewerage network under Tivolska cesta.
/2011/ Indisputable boss of Ljubljana underworld Nebojša Matijević in action.
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