This Countdown series was written and created with Instagram in mind. It has been republished here with little to no alteration.
Soviet propaganda on a monumental scale – Soviet soldiers protecting citizens from the west; sturdy peasants joyfully labouring in the field; Soviet glory in the Space Race; the prestige of scientists and engineers. Understandably, these displays of riotous colour do not spark as much joy in those who had to live through the Soviet Union, and as such many have fallen into a state of shitty-chic disrepair.
Here’s a map I made of all the Soviet mosaics I’ve found in Kyiv. Click on the blue icon to see a photograph of the mosaic at that location.