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The Soviet Union's Public Art Legacy

Across the former Soviet Union, colorful communist-era mosaics still adorn government buildings, housing blocks, and factory walls. Many celebrate industry and culture with artistic flourishes that belie their staid subjects. Photographer David Trilling found himself drawn to them again and again on his travels around Russia and Central Asia. (https://twitter.com/dtrilling, www.davidtrilling.com)
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A mosaic above the entrance to the Frunzenskaya Metro station, in Moscow, celebrates science and the Soviet space program.
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A mosaic above the entrance to the Frunzenskaya Metro station, in Moscow, celebrates science and the Soviet space program.

Outside the station, more mosaics sit incongruously above an American fast-food outlet.
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Outside the station, more mosaics sit incongruously above an American fast-food outlet.

An idyllic vision of the future adorns the ceiling of the 1938 Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow.
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An idyllic vision of the future adorns the ceiling of the 1938 Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow.

A detail from a mosaic celebrating the Soviet Union's workers, on Moscow's Oktyabr Theater.
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A detail from a mosaic celebrating the Soviet Union's workers, on Moscow's Oktyabr Theater.

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