Belgrade had a bid to host the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. It came in 3rd place, just after Barcelona and Paris. That happened in 1986, way before all the crazy stuff of the ’90s happened and we actually had a decent bid, and that’s is when this beautiful logo was created.
So marvellously done with the Olympic circles and the representation of two rivers of Belgrade, Danube, and Sava. Simple and effective. I don’t know who painted it on this wall but it fits right in.
Every time I pass the street its in, or nearby, I have to check if it’s still there. The neighbourhood that’s in is getting gentrified and I am afraid that one day, I’ll pass by and it will be just a freshly painted wall in its place.
A logo of the games that never happened, in a country that soon afterwards fell apart, painted on a wall of a ruined house. So if you’re strolling through Savamala, go to Kraljevića Marka 13 (just across from the Magacin u Kraljevica Marka which is also worth a visit) and take a look at this small piece of Belgrade’s history that we forgot and a history that could have been.