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Photographer Turns Abandoned Monuments into Futuristic Art

A photographer has traveled across the world — mainly ex-Yugoslavia, ex-Soviet, and East European countries — and turned largely abandoned and often neglected monuments into spectacular pieces of futuristic art filled with light and color.

Yang Xiao is a self-described urban explorer, traveler, designer, and architectural and light painting photographer. Originally from China but currently based in Spain, Yang used her project, “Eternal Monuments in the Dark,” to combine her all her passions — travel, light-painting photography, and grand architectural pieces from past generations.

It took her nine years to collect imagery from over 40 countries with the

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yang xiao turns real brutalist monuments into surreal images

designer and photographer yang xiao blurs the line between reality and fantasy with a photo series titled ‘ETERNAL MONUMENTS IN THE DARK’. the project focuses on brutalist and soviet modernist architecture from across eastern europe, mainly ex-yugoslavia and ex-soviet countries. shooting at night using light painting techniques, xiao transforms the real edifices into eerie and otherworldly images that look straight out of a dystopian movie.

the battle of sutjeska memorial monument complex, tjentište, bosnia & herzegovina

all images by yang xiao



the project started nine years ago, and since then xiao has traveled to over 40 countries to document a

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