The sculptural ensemble of Constantin Brancusi from Targu Jiu, also known as the Monumental Ensemble from Tragu Jiu, is a homage brought to the heroes fallen in the First World War, designed and built by Constantin Brancusi. The three monumental sculptural components, the only ones that the artist placed in open-air – Table of Silence, Kissing Gate and Endless Column are all placed on the same line, oriented from sunset to sunrise, with a total length of 1275 metres.
The endless Column from Targu Jiu is the masterpiece of Constantin Brancusi, the only one of its columns that managed to raise to the sky.
The sculptor created several wooden columns, ever since 1918, but he believed that only a greater column, a metal one had reached perfection.
The column, which reminds us of the fir trees in the Gorj cemeteries, symbolises the never ending gratitude for the Gorj heroes fallen during the great war for Unification.
The monument is 29,35 metres high and onsists of a string of 15 modules of brassy cast iron, with semi-modules at the ends and a small base. The modules were placed on a solid steel pole, embeded in a massive concrete foundation.
Brâncuși carved himself in August 1937 the linden tree wood model of a module, 1.8 metres tall. The technical conception of the monument is the work of chief engineer Stefan Georgescu-Gorjan (1905-1985), who coordinated in 1937 the work of casting the modules and building the pole at Petrosani Central Workshops, between September and October, as well as their placement in Targu Jiu in October-November. The brassing was done in June-July 1938 under the supervision of the artist.
The inauguration was held on October 27th 1938. In the 50s there was a atempt to bring it down, fortunately unsuccessful. It was re-metalised in 1965-66 and 1975-76, with the contribution of engineer Gorjan. It was dis-assembled in 1996 and restored in December 2000.
About this monument, Brancusi wrote: „The Endless Column is like an eternal song that carries us to infinity, beyond any factually pain and joy.”