In preparation for the 2020 Eurocon convention – Futuricon, we present to you our new retro-futurist inspired promotional graphics for the event.
While citizens of Rijeka will immediately recognize the reference (and we hope this will catch their attention and intrigue them to learn more about the event), our foreign guests likely won’t. In this article we’ll tell you a bit more about the inspiration behind the visuals so you can learn more about Rijeka and get a sense of its spirit.
The tall sculpture of a muscular man holding a rocket – the Shipbuilder – is based on the sculpture by Vinko Matković located at the entrance to the “3. Maj” shipyard. The sculpture was created and set in place in 1965. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Rijeka from the Fascist regime, which happened on May the 3rd 1945. The shipyard has been renamed in honor of this event.
As one of the most important ports in the Adriatic sea, Rijeka became a heavily industrialized city. It was the city of hard workers, but also of ingenious inventors.
Sadly, in recent decades the industry has largely crumbled, and out of dozens of factories only a few still remain in operation. The “3. Maj” shipyard has recently been spared from bankruptcy, but the future of local shipbuilding remains uncertain. Nowadays Rijeka’s industrial identity remains mostly aesthetic, with cultural events and organizations taking up residence in former factories.
With these visuals we want to consider the future of Rijeka and its people, while giving a nod to our rich past. Back when our team was brainstorming ideas for Futuricon before announcing the Eurocon bid, our project codename was “Spaceport Rijeka”. Could Rijeka really become a port for interplanetary travel? Could we really have a factory for building spaceships, rockets, and shuttles?
We don’t know, but we can dream! We have the brains, with many bright engineers coming out of the University of Rijeka every year. We have creatives who can envision and furnish the aircrafts. We have hardworking people who make things happen. And we certainly have the room… Those vacant factories are waiting for someone to breathe new life into them.
The Shipbuilder, proudly holding and observing their creation – is a symbol of ambitious and industrious people who will create a brighter future for our city.