Tbilisi

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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20th Century Georgian Advertising (29 Photos)

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia has become a Transcaucasian hub in the 19th century. During this time a lot of social, political, economic and cultural changes took place. The oriental Tbilisi became a mix of the West and the East and the center of South Caucasus.

Capitalism was rapidly developing in the Russian Empire and so it was in Georgia (The country was annexed by the Russian Empire). New industrial enterprises appeared, a railway connecting Tbilisi and Poti was built. Banks were founded, workshops, department stores and exhibition halls were built. During this time new magazines, newspapers, science and art centers and societies came to life. Art exhibitions were held, the national theater was reborn. All of these establishments needed advertisement to reach out to public. So here they are – 29 examples of 20th Century Georgian Advertising. All of the images are taken from the book Old Tbilisi published in 1984 by “Sabchota Sakartvelo” Publishing House.

The Georgia Theater

The Georgia Theater

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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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#Georgia: Sharing books by leaving them at public places goes viral

მოხეტიალე წიგნები (Strolling Books) – A Facebook page has been set up in Georgia to give out books for free. The idea went viral and in three days the page got almost 30,000 likes.

According to the page, any person may leave a book at public place, add a message a date and a place. The next person who’ll find and read the book should also add a date and place when and where found; later leave it at a park, in a cafe or somewhere else. The books are about everything and for everybody.

fb.com/moxetiale.cignebi

fb.com/moxetiale.cignebi

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Georgian engineer creates a 3D Webcam

Inspired by capabilities of Oculus Rift, Georgian engineer has built a prototype of a 3D webcam that follows your head movement.

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3D Webcam that follows your head movement

Unlike ordinary webcams, this prototype allows you to explore environment without touching or moving the camera around. The device features two webcams, three servo motors and Arduino controller.

Here’s a video of how it works:

The author of the project says that this webcam can be ideal for conferences where you can explore the room and take a look at everyone or for military servicemen who would like to chat with their family members and feel like they are at home.

The project needs $50,000 and is raising money online. If you are excited about this idea go ahead and support it by donating on Indiegogo.

 

Trader Joe’s 100% Cherry Juice comes from Georgia

trader_joes_cherry_juice_georgiaIn case you’d like to start your day with a tasty juice or have it with your lunch you should head over to Trader Joe’s and try their 100% Cherry Juice because it comes to their shelves all the way from Georgia. Here’s what the website says:

One of the things we love to do most is travel the world in search of the best-tasting products that represent the best values for you, our customers. Sometimes we find those products in our own backyard, and sometimes we find them in places we hadn’t really even thought to look. That’s what happened with our 100% Cherry Juice, which recently made its debut in our stores.

Trader Joe’s 100% Cherry Juice comes to us from the Caucasus Mountains/Black Sea region of Georgia—the country that lies at the intersection of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, not the state that lies in the heart of the southeastern United States. This area is home to some of the world’s finest cherries—they’re generally referred to as “sour” or “tart.”

The 32 ounces of Georgia will cost you only $3.99.