Introduction

The blue-collar coal-mining town of Târgu Jiu, along the Jiu River in the foothills of the Carpathians, is an unlikely setting for the breathtakingly minimalist, modern sculpture of internationally acclaimed Romanian master Constantin Brâncuşi (1876–1957). Brâncuşi was born near Târgu Jiu, in the village Hobița, and spent some of his early years here and in nearby Craiova. In 1935, Brâncuşi was commissioned to create four public works to commemorate Romanian soldiers who fought against the Germans in WWI. The works have survived to this day and constitute a unique opportunity to see the master's work in situ in the open air.