Architecture

Georgia’s Soviet Mosaics PT. 3

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Here comes the third part of Georgia’s soviet mosaics. It’s been a while but the hunt for these amazing and unique pieces of soviet art continues. In this post most of the locations are from Georgia’s capital – Tbilisi. Others were found in various parts of the country.

These mosaics don’t have any cultural or historical status; hence, as you may see, a lot of them are disappearing slowly.

The idea of these photo series is to preserve a visual memory of somewhat interesting, colorful and probably one of the best examples of the soviet art.

Without a further delay take a look and drop me a line if you know more locations.

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Georgia’s Soviet Mosaics pt. 2 (35 Photos)

Dusheti_Bus_Stop_4Go to this link to check the first part.

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. (more…)

Georgia’s Soviet Mosaics (23 Photos)

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.
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Soviet Tbilisi in Pictures

I just stumbled upon at these interesting photos of Soviet Tbilisi ranging from 1950’s to the end of 1980’s. These images feature some buildings and monuments that are not there anymore or have been changed. I will write another post about that later. In the meantime take a look at ‘greener’ Tbilisi.

Lenin monument at the former Lenin square and nowadays Freedom Square with St. George Statue

Lenin monument at the former Lenin Square (Currently Freedom Square)

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Fragments of the ancient fortress discovered in downtown Tbilisi [PHOTOS]

Ruins of an ancient fortress have been discovered in downtown Tbilisi while rehabilitating the Pushkin street.

While digging the road on Pushkin street workers discovered parts of a fortress that was a key fence in defending the city. According to archaeologists, oldest layers date back to the AD 5th century and the latest to AD 12-18th centuries.

The fence is described in various historic sources, the oldest depiction appears on Vakhushti‘s map of Tbilisi (1735):

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მარჯანიშვილის ქუჩის ახალი სახე

თბილისის მერიის ვებ-გვერდზე დევს რუკა, რომელზეც ქალაქში არსებული თუ მშენებარე არქიტექტურული ობიექტების ნახვა და მათზე დეტალური ინფორმაციის მიღებაა შესაძლებელი. მარჯანიშვილის ქუჩის რეკონსტრუქციას 100 გვერდიანი pdf ფაილი აქვს მიძღვნილი, რომელსაც შეგიძლიათ აქ გაეცნოთ. ქუჩის მომავალი სახე კი ასეთი უნდა იყოს:

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