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. Borjomi – The city famous for its mineral water and fresh air turns out to be a heaven of mosaics. The first photo is taken at the Borjomi Center
2. Mosaic patterns are not only used to decorate walls but pots, fountains, etc.
3. Could not find out what used to be here before might have been another cafe.
4. Little fountain at the Borjomi Park.
5. Former Sanatorium Borjomi, now IDPs from Abkhazia live in the building.
6. A sun wall at the Borjomi center.
7. A random wall in Borjomi.
8. Tbilisi’s David Aghmashenebeli avenue portraying King David the Builder himself.
9. Sokhumi State University in Tbilisi.
10. Abandoned warehouse near Dusheti
11. Abandoned bus station near Dusheti
12. A warrior Gurjaani with a political poster attached to it.
13. Former bus station in Gurjaani
14. On the way to Kazbegi.
15 Abandoned bus station in front of this building