#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Each city has its own zest – something that cannot be found in another locality, and something that travelers will remember. Mosaic panels decorating city buildings can be considered one of these features. That is why the Norilsk Development Agency (NDA) has developed the City Legends project, under which they plan to create mosaic panels on the facades of high-rise buildings dedicated to the amazing nature of Taimyr, the Norilsk people, their professions and achievements.
Pavel Yudin, a monumental artist and author of restored mosaics on Komsomolskaya street, is working on the creative part of the future decorative panels. In the format of a video link, the artist presented his sketches to the townspeople and the NDA specialists for discussion.
For four months Pavel Yudin worked on the creation of preliminary mosaic panels. So, on Leninsky prospekt, 47 and 48, the monumentalist suggested using the technique of Roman mosaic from smalt to depict the Atlanteans, representing the working professions of the cityplace and placing flowers bearing the letter designations of chemical elements – metals that are mined in Norilsk at the background.
“This street is the main one in the city, and a symbolic element is needed here to decorate it. I took the Atlanteans theme as a basis, because for me Norilsk is a harsh place, and all the inhabitants seem to be strong people, Atlanteans, thanks to them the city lives. The color scale of the mosaic also plays an important role; it should look advantageous in the architecture of the city”, noted Pavel Yudin.
He demonstrated several options with which he proposed to decorate the house number 24 on Leninsky prospekt. On the first there is a family in nature, on the second – a symbol of infinity, in which sunset smoothly turns into sunrise, decorating an abstract landscape.
The plot of the animal world, which is quite common for Norilsk, fits the facade at 38 Kirov street: a bear, deer, owl and arctic fox, decorated with golden smalt, will become the very highlight that is needed on this house, says Pavel Yudin, because there is a hotel nearby where tourists stay.
“In my opinion, this house should become one of the symbols of the city. A bright, multi-layered composition on the theme of the North will look advantageous”, explained Yudin.
Continuing the theme of Norilsk proffessions, the artist suggested depicting a gas worker on the facade of the building at 2 Begicheva street.
The last work shown by Pavel Yudin is the portrait mosaic panels on Nansen street, 24, 36 and 48. They most fully embody the Legends of the City project. In particular, the artist showed sketches depicting Fridtjof Nansen, Nikolay Urvantsev and Nikifor Begichev.
After listening to Yudin, the audience agreed that the most suitable of the sketches presented were the last ones.
“It is clear that northern landscapes will look spectacular, but we have already seen all these scenes. They already exist in the city in large formats, some other meaning is needed that people would be imbued with”, said Karina Andreeva, deputy director of the NDA for the implementation of socio-cultural and educational projects.
As a result of the discussion, the representatives of the agency and the townspeople came to a common opinion: the people who glorified Norilsk with their work, discoveries and actions will be taken as the basis for future mosaic panels. And the northern nature will be the backdrop for these portraits.
Earlier, This Is Taimyr reported that the NDA’s project to change the album of standard color solutions for the city was approved.
Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: NDA and Ekaterina Elkanova