Fountains appeared in Norilsk in 1940s

Fountains appeared in Norilsk in 1940s

April 19, 2023

Norilsk is, of course, not Peterhof and not even Krasnoyarsk, where there are over 120 water architectural forms. But fountains appeared in Norilsk when it was a village.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the early 1940s, the first fountain was built near the thermal power plant building, which was a kind of the city face. The power engineers themselves built a reservoir out of brick fragments, revetted it and connected it to water.

In the mid-1940s, another fountain appeared – in a more accessible public space – at the Dynamo stadium. The square bowl was first decorated with outlandish gypsum fish. But they did not last long, and were replaced by more persistent bears.

Fountains in Norilsk also decorated residential courtyards – on Sevastopolskaya street. Already in our time, they murmured on Theater square, and on Leninsky prospect, and at the Zapolyarnik stadium. But, perhaps, the most beloved among the townspeople – especially in the heat – were the technological “fountains” on the Dolgoye lake – the CHPP-1 cooling system.

In the History Spot photo project’s previous publication, we talked about the fact that they wanted to build the Nadezhda metallurgical plant on the mainland.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

April 19, 2023

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