I have been documenting Soviet mosaics in Georgia for past several months. These interesting pieces of work are disappearing due to various reasons – the glass pieces fall apart, buildings are demolished, etc. However I think their importance as a depiction of Soviet history and architecture is huge and they should be documented and preserved if possible.
Most of these mosaics are from Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia but some of them are from other parts of the country as well. Buildings with these artworks range from a bottle opener factory to bus stations and local tourist sights.
According to various local architects most of the Georgian mosaics are made from glass pieces that were usually brought from Moscow to brighten up public spaces. In past mosaics were associated with religion – temples and spiritual sights had colorful walls that were depicting either humans or phenomenons, however in USSR religion was not the main theme.
In 1930’s mosaics became one of the key elements of the Moscow subway system and soon after they became a symbol of Soviet art.
Images on these mosaics range from astronauts and workers to famous Georgian writers or even some abstract shapes.
So here they are:
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1. Laguna Vere – the biggest outdoor pool of Tbilisi that supports various types of swimming sports including water polo, now closed.
2. Tbilisi TV Tower administrative building featuring astronauts and flowers.
3. A mosaic wall on the Tbilisi International Airport highway with an Olympic theme.
5. Abstract shapes on Tbilisi’s Aghmashenebeli ave.
6. More abstract shapes on Tbilisi’s Vazha-Pshavela ave. with humans and animals on it.
7. School and kindergarten yard on Zakaria Paliashvili str.
8. Interior of Tbilisi Metro’s Technical University stationOpposite exit
9. Saburtalo Graveyard
10. Georgian National Athletics Federation
12. My personal favorite on the wall of a former bottle opener factory in Tbilisi’s suburban Avhacla district. This mosaic features Georgia’s history and culture including churches, kings, writers and of course soviet themes.take a better look at details
13. An octopus-shape abandoned cafe called Fantasy in Georgia’s seaside resort – Batumi.
14. Batumi – a wall next to the dolphinarium.
15. Entrance of the villages Kitsnisi – near the 2008 August Georgia-Russia War site.
16. Bus station near Dusheti on the way to Kazbegi.
17. Touristic and sightseeing stop between Gudauri and Kazbegi.