Solar System in Zagreb

The Grounded Sun sculpture by Ivan Kožarić was completed in 1971.  It came to its final location in 1994.  In 2004 Davor Preis complemented it by adding the planets according to scale all around the city.

Grounded Sun by Ivan Kožarić in 1971
Grounded Sun by Ivan Kožarić in 1971

We went on an adventure to see how many we could find, walking and using the trams.  The first one was hard.  We walked around the building several times until a passing local pointed it out.  It was the first time she had ever heard of this project.

Here are our finds:

Mercury
Mercury
Venus
Venus

Earth
Earth

I’m from here; she is too; so are you.

Mars
Mars

Appropriately, Mars is found at a coffee house specializing in sweets.


We looked for Jupiter.  We arrived at one square (Trg in Croatian) only to find we had to continue by bus.  To find Pluto, you need to take a suburban train out a couple of stops and go through an underpass.

It was an interesting experience looking at architecture in a different perspective.  Years ago when M was just learning about space, I made a similar model using the sun as a basketball in the inside court at our Frankfurt apartment on Feuerbachstr.  The outer planets in theory stretched beyond the Deutsche Bank plaza where M practiced bicycle riding on Sundays.