Soviet Bus Stops

 ‘There is a certain amount of [utilitarianism] here. But it is atypical. The norm is wild going on savage. Just as follies were, in the 18th century, often try-outs for new architectural styles, so may some of these wayward roadside punctuation marks have been structural or aesthetic experiments; they certainly don’t lack grandeur and audacity.’ Jonathan Meades (from the foreword ).

 ‘Striking, original, often flamboyant and rich in symbolism, the bus stops provided an improbable, but valuable medium of self-expression for Soviet designers and architects.’ Alice Rawsthorn (Design writer for the International New York Times).

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