The architect, Igor Rozhin, placed the station on massive pylons, cutting them through with arches. The visual effect is that each vault rests on four columns. He decorated the inside of the arches with bas-reliefs by Saul Rabinovich, representing the pastimes of "cultured" Soviet people: chess, plane modelling, ballet, music, dancing, and football. The ceilings of the vaults are decorated with moulds, the floor is titled with marble, and the pillars are finished with gray lopota marble. Some critics argue that gray marble gives the station an "earthen" look, and the architect would have achieved better "airiness" with lighter colours. The station, which is on the proven cultural heritage list, is doubtlessly a remarkable late Stalin's Empire masterpiece: no longer a palace, but a museum, in which every detail deserves to be appreciated.
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