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Soviet Bus Stops


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Christopher Herwig's weirdly evocative photographs show how the loneliest corners of the former Soviet Union were enlivened by whacky bus shelters.... Most alien of all are the radiant Gaud´┐Ż knock-offs in the disputed region of Abkhazia, where Soviet elites once took their beach holidays.--Roland Elliot Brown "The Spectator"

Designed by individual architects, each bus stop proffers a glimpse of the artistry that still flourished in an era when uniformity was imposed and creativity was often suppressed.--Claire Voon "Hyperallergic"

Over 150 photographs of architectural exuberance dotting the streets and highways of the vast country...Although many of these structures are falling into disrepair from age and neglect, that they still exist is a testament to how meaningful they must have been in an otherwise homogenous built environment. Herwig's tenacity and devotion to accomplishing a project of this scale is extraordinary.--John Foster "The Design Observer"

Perhaps it's the low stakes of structures with no windows, no doors and no permanent inhabitants that allowed the designers the freedom to flex their creative muscles; the results comprise seemingly limitless variations of expressive concrete waves, colourful murals and mosaics, and bold polyhedral forms. Set against the backdrop of rural, often desert-like terrains, these diminutive structures stand out like contained explosions of creativity.--David Dick-Agnew "Azure"

Why Russia has the world's most beautiful bus stops ... Architects may have felt creatively stifled in the old Soviet empire - but there was one place where their imaginations were encouraged to run riot: the bus stop.--Oliver Wainwright "The Guardian"

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