This is the tenth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible things I've seen in a format you can digest in a coffee break...
As one of Stalin's more palatable ideas, the Moscow Metro stations were created to be “palaces for the people”. He intended to inspire the masses with marble walls, high ceilings and chandeliers, encouraging them to look up in wonder at his creation.
The multitude of artists and architects involved were instructed to design and create something
that embodied Russia's radiant future. Regardless of the prophesy's delusion*, the Moscow Metro network was to become one of the USSR’s most extravagant
I was particularly struck by the pensive bronze statues, stained-glass windows and intricate Byzantine-style mosaics which could keep you enthralled through any length train-line
After Stalin’s death in 1953, the Communist party began removing his mark from the city. His images were gradually withdrawn from the Metro and by 1955, after a decree eliminating “extravagance in design and construction.” this architectural period was well and truly over. Functionality and kilometres were the new transport priorities, but some of the Stalin era decoration was left for future generations.
Try Novoslobodskaya for stained glass, Elektrozavodskaya for incredible light and marble carvings and Komsomolskaya for glittering mosaic ceilings.
* Figures for the number of people killed under Stalin's regime remain in hot debate, but there is little arguing that it was somewhere in the millions.
For previous editions of Friday Fix try:
The faces of Angkor Thom, Cambodia.
Nanuya Balavu Island,
the mountains, Morocco.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Plaza de España, Seville, Spain.
- Scoor beach, Mull, Scotland.
A sobering walk down
the river in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
- Milford Sound, New Zealand.
- Parade of the Giants, Marrakesh.