During school in Romania, it will be impossible not to learn about the Infinity column and the opera of Constantin Brâncuși. The same I could say about France, where he lived and a museum in his name is opened – without any mention that he is Romanian. Even more, one of his most known art pieces – “La Sagesse de la Terre” it is on sale from a private collection, but the Romanian state doesn’t have enough money so now a campaign is on going to donate money in order to support the acquisition (but they have enough to pay 1000e for a bench in a park…).  One of the stories is saying that he was obsessed with the endless column and he created many models in order to find the perfect one. Finally, in 1938 the column was constructed by a friend of Brâncuși and makes part of the ensemble of sculptures from Târgu Jiu: The Infinity Column, Kiss Gate and The Silence Table.

In order to get to Târgu Jiu we made a detour on Transfăgărășan, especially due to the great weather announced in that weekend. After spending some time at Bâlea Lake, we overnight-ed in Sibiu, but not before a evening walk through the city and a minute of dance, listening music of the festival taking place. The plan was to follow Jiu river on Jiu Valley, so on the road we decided to visit and a Dacian fortress – Costești, hidden in small mountains, having, still, the altar stones and the mysterious passages from the forest.

Costesti

The road having the river on the left side was under renovation work – we had to use the same part for both senses and it was crowded, but even so, it couldn’t take the pleasure and the wonder of seeing the train tracks in the mountains. This area is known as the most spectacular train trip in Romania, but I never had the chance to do it.

Jiu Valley

In the last picture above is, in fact, the enormous Infinity Column, the final scope of our visit and road trip. Don’t forget to visit the Facebook page, where you can find the photos in real size.

Brancusi

 

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