Monumental Almaty featured today in The Guardian!
“Monumental Kazakhstan” begins! I’ve documented almost every mosaic and monumental artwork in Almaty for @monumentalalmaty, and now I’m looking to find every Soviet mural in the country! I need your help, though. I’ve made a map of every mosaic I’ve found so far, and in March I’ll travel around the country to photograph as many as I can. Send me a DM with information about any mosaics, bas-reliefs, stained glass, sgraffitos or murals in your town, and let’s try to document this art before it disappears!
Excuse the absence, I’ve been doing traveling this winter with @winternomads. Still on the mosaic trail, though: here with a work by the great Juan O’Gorman in Mexico City 🇲🇽
This mosaic in Astana by Mikhail Antonyuk was destroyed recently. Saving mosaics with explicit communist imagery, like Lenin, is admittedly hard to do.
Textured glass on a stained glass window at the Kok Tobe TV tower
Symbols of Virgo, the Maiden and the ♍️, in a relief mosaic at the bottom of Almaty’s Eastern Calendar fountain, the work of Vladimir Tverdokhlebov. Now that the fountain is off for the winter, you can go and find your sign!
With Almaty’s most epic mosaic at the Kok Tobe TV tower
Some unusually transparent tesserae made of smalta, a kind of colored glass
Amen Khaidarov’s murals at the Hotel Otrar, in the style of Islamic miniatures. These are unique for murals in Almaty in that they’re painted on canvas panels rather than directly on the wall.