Everyday pavilions // roadside bus stops in the Post-Soviet states

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Have you ever had the feeling about a simple idea, that you wished it came to you first? It happened to me with this amazing photo set.

You feel like an idea has been lying in front of you for a long time, and snap!, someone else already did it. Usually the greatest ideas make you feel that way.

I had a similar feeling when I first found this photo set from the Canadian travel photographer Christian Herwig. He drove 30.000 kilometers in 13 countries to capture the rather unexpected beauty of the concrete pavilions of public transport. From the Ukrainian coast of the Black Sea to the Altay Mountains in Kazahstan he found amazing sculptures along the road, that also serve as shelters or even landmarks.

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You would think that the strictness of Soviet architecture characterized the buildings of transportation as well. It would have been logical to come up with a universal design for these structures, but this is not what happened. Each bus stop tells something about its surroundings: the country, the community, the culture – and probably a little bit about the zeitgeist too.

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They represent a great mix of style, a little craziness and craftwork. If not with the remarkable geometry, they will surely attract attention with their colorful murals or mosaics. Only the sky is the limit for the different designs: arches and cantilevers, domes and towers, hats and birds. I can almost see the confident and ecstatic smile of the designers who made these artworks happen.

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The artist’s book called Soviet Bus Stops is coming soon.

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All photos are taken from Christopher Herwig‘s website.

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