The amazing statue looking over Zagreb
Statue of Antun Gustav Matos was placed on its place on the Strossmayer Promenade in 1978 so he can look over Zagreb. The statue is a work of art by Ivan Kožarić, the famous Croatian sculptor. It consists of the bench on which is, on one side, sated sculpture of Antun Gustav Matos, a renewed Croatian writer. The location of the bench allows Antun to watch over downtown Zagreb and you can join him any time. Walking past the statue is part of every tour around Zagreb, but tourists also love visiting it on their own. If you ask any local if they have a picture with Antun, you can for sure expect a yes, so be sure to snap the photo with him, but also the splendid view of the city. Also, if you have a chance, talk a walk around Strossmayer Promenade during sunset, or sunrise if you are an early bird, the view will be worth it. Some will say that the bench is also quite a romantic location and recommend it to visit it if you are on vacation with your partner.
The starter of Croatian modern literature
Antun Gustav Matos (Matoš on Croatian) was a famous Croatian poet, short story writer, and journalist. He is considered to be responsible for opening Croatia to the world of European modernism. His first work from 1892, The Power of Conscience (Moć savjesti) marks the start of Croatian modern literature. Motives of his work were landscapes and patriotism, while his short stories can be divided into realistic stories and bizarre ones. The greatest stories of this modernist were written during his five year stay in Paris, where he was influenced by Baudelaire and Mallarme, among others. Antun spent his late period writing poets, writing around 100 of them with main themes such as love, flower, and death. Sadly, due to throat cancer, Matos lived only for 41 years, but he definitely left a big mark on Croatian and Balkan literature. He left amazing work and for sure deserves statue fellow Croatian artist made.