The Nonument Group is a multidisciplinary artist collective founded in 2011. Starting as a research group focusing on hidden, abandoned, unwanted or otherwise forgotten 20th century monuments, architecture and public spaces, the group has since carried out several artistic interventions in public spaces.
The Nonument Group maps, researches and intervenes on hidden monuments and spaces which carry symbolic value in physical, mental, and virtual landscapes. It proposes an understanding of architectures as spaces of embodiment, maps inscriptions of collective memories into urban landscapes and through artistic interventions, researches the potential of creative strategies to release embodied tensions. The group’s research and artistic production address questions of memory, representation, semantics and other aspects of monumentalism, as well as attempts to publicly address the perception of public space and its role in everyday urban life.
The Nonument Group’s first intervention took place in the US, when a Designated Free Speech Zone and one of few public spaces in downtown Baltimore, the Brutalist McKeldin Fountain, was earmarked for demolition. After the fountain’s destruction, the group continued their work and developed an award-winning Augmented Reality app, a virtual memorial to the lost fountain.
In 2019, the first intervention in Slovenia followed, on the site of the former Pioneer Railway in Ljubljana, Slovenia.