Bucharest Public Clock from the Art Deco Era

The Foisorul de Foc public clock, a well known 1930s landmark among Bucharest's natives. (©Valentin Mandache)

The only original Art Deco era part still in place of this once remarkable piece of urban infrastructure is the concrete-made concave transversal triangular profile staff. The old 1930s clock, a square shape one, a genuine Art Deco style object, as I remember it from my childhood,  has long been discarded by the local authorities and replaced with an unattractive mass production electric example, considered “more beautiful” by the contemporary post-communist mentality population of the city.


I endeavor through this daily series of images and small articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.


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