hidden europe 28

Orbiting Zagreb

by hidden europe

Picture above: photo © Ewa Wysocka / istockphoto.com


Pluto must be very small and very far away. And so it is in Davor Preis' ingenious model of the solar system that invisibly orbits Zagreb and its suburbs.

Vocarska is an unexceptional street of the kind you might find in good neighbourhoods of many European capital cities. The road is in Zagreb’s Medvescak district, an easy walk east from the city centre. It is home to some pleasant villas, several university buildings, a Croatian Catholic radio station, the American International School, the Ukrainian embassy and the planet Jupiter. Yes, you will find Jupiter just beside the pavement near 71 Vocarska.

Kids on the way to school might pause and wonder why a small silver sphere lies by the pavement. And why does the adjacent sign suggest that this is the planet Jupiter?

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