Memorial park and the burial ground of fighters and hostages killed in the National Liberation Army
Location: section B
West of the hostage burial ground, which was in 1955 arranged by the architect Nikolaj Bežek, the arhitect Fedja Košir in 1965 arranged a memorial park according to the 1963 tender. In this park he placed a fountain of life and the hostage pillar made by the sculptor Zdenko Kalin, dedicated to domestic hostages, as well as a bronze monument by Janez Boljka, dedicated to the internees.
The low hexagonal fountain made by Kalin is rimmed by three pairs of children catching balance on its edge in a playful manner. The bronze figures are an enlarged variant of Kalin's small plastic statues depicting children at play. Through a network of thin young bodies one can see the surroundings and the hostage pillar, which is a four and a half metre high monolith of Jablanica granite with smoothened surfaces. The hexagonal base contains three deeper carved fields with the hanged. Three pairs of hostages are closely pressed against the centre of the statue. Kalin's hostage pillar represents a high-quality work of art in the tradition of realistic sculpting depicting a theme from national liberation struggle.
The bronze monument by Janez Boljka is placed on an elevated stone platform designed by the architect Fedja Košir. The sculptor shaped a pointed metal framework where human bodies are hung in two rows. From afar, the monument resembles the watch towers and barb wire of camps. The 13-metre high monument is a prominent vertical element in the northern part of the cemetery.