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Busts of Nikola Tesla and Vuk Karadžic in Serbian Cultural Garden

Busts of Nikola Tesla and Vuk Karadžic
Serbian Cultural Garden
June 7, 2015

The Serbian Cultural Garden hosted an event to dedicate the busts of Vuk Karadzic and Nikola Tesla on June 7, 2015.

The bust of Nikola Tesla replaces an earlier bust of the famed inventor that was stolen last summer. Tesla was an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Nikola Tesla bust

Nikola Tesla

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic


Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic (Father Zivojin - St. Sava Church in Parma) and Hieromonk Platon (Father Platon, Monastery Marcha in Richfield) did the blessing at the Tesla statue.

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Tesla statue

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Tesla statue



Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Tesla statue

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Tesla statue


The crowd then moved to the Karadzic bust for another blessing.

Vuk Stefanovic Karadžicc was a Serbian philologist and linguist who was the major reformer of the Serbian language and has been called the father of the study of Serbian folklore. He was also the author of the first Serbian dictionary.

Vuk Stefanovic Karadžic

Vuk Stefanovic Karadžic


Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Karadzic statue

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Karadzic statue



Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Karadzic statue

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Karadzic statue



After the blessings, Alex Machaskee, President of the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio, gave some history of the Garden from its beginning as part of the Slovenian then Yugoslav Garden until a separate Serbian Garden was created.

Alex Machaskee and Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic

Alex Machaskee and Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic



Alex then told the story of how the bust of Vuk Stefanovic Karadžic got to Cleveland in the Serbian Cultural Garden.

He then announced that the next bust would be of Mileva Maric who was the wife of Albert Einstein.

In the gathering in the center of the Garden near the St Sava icon, Alex Machaskee introduced some special guests including Senator George Voinovich and his wife Janet.

Paul Burik, past-president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, told which of the statues is his favorite. Even though he runs the Czech Garden, it is not a Czech. It is Tesla.

Paul Burik

Paul Burik



Besides these 2 busts the Serbian Cultural Garden has busts of King Peter I, Bishop Njegos, Mihajlo Pupin (scientist), Stevan Mokranjac (composer) and a life-size icon of St. Sava, the Serbian patron saint. The Serbian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park, which together with a chain of more than 30 other nationality gardens, is an international symbol of peace and cultural diversity.

Take a walk through the Garden in this video tour.



Enjoy these other images from the Dedication.

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Alex Machaskee and Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic

Alex Machaskee and Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic


Sam Coso with Janet and Senator George Voinovich

Sam Coso with Janet and Senator George Voinovich


Blessing the busts


Kevan Asadorian (Armenian Garden) and Lex Machaskee

Kevan Asadorian (Armenian Garden) and Lex Machaskee
Lex is a tireless worker who makes the Garden so beautiful


Sister Anna

Sister Ana


Kosta Papich, Alex Machaskee, Stella Pavic and Senator and Mrs Voinovich at the Tesla bust

Kosta Papich, Alex Machaskee, Stella Pavic
and Senator and Mrs Voinovich at the new Tesla bust


Lex Machaskee with Fran and Paul Burik

Lex Machaskee with Fran and Paul Burik (Czech Garden)


Carol Machaskee, Janet and Senator George Voinovich and Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic

Carol Machaskee, Janet and Senator George Voinovich
and Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic


Fran Burik (Czech Garden) and Eriks Puussaar (Estonian Garden)

Fran Burik (Czech Garden) and Erika Puussaar (Estonian Garden)


Carol Machaskee pours the Slivovitz

Carol Machaskee pours the Slivovitz


A toast to Tesla and Karadzic

A toast to Tesla and Karadzic


Photos of all the busts in the Serbian Cultural Garden


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