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Moscow 2018 | NovoslobodskayaThe last work of the great Dushkin, Novoslobodskaya, once again, pleases with an elegant lighting solutionThe last work of the great Dushkin, Novoslobodskaya, once again, pleases with an elegant lighting solution
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The last work of the great Dushkin, Novoslobodskaya, once again, pleases with an elegant lighting solution. For a deep station like Novoslobodskaya, which sits 40 meters (131 feet) underground, pillars would not provide sufficient support for the vaults: massive, wide pylons had to be built. In order to make the space feel less oppressive, Dushkin had colourful stained-glass panels embedded in the pylons, faced with light-coloured Ural marble, and hid some of the lights behind them. The result was something similar to a grotto with a heap of semiprecious stones, as if straight from a Pavel Bazhov story. These days the station is illuminated much more brightly than it was in Dushkin's version, but the stained-glass artwork does not look any the worse for that. The stained-glass panels, manufactured in Riga using stained glass from the stockpile of the city's cathedral church, depict a tangle of fanciful flowers, plants and stars. Above some of the panels there are medallions showing intellectual and creative occupations: architect, geographer, artist, power engineer, musician, and agriculturist. At the far end of the station, there is the smalt mural Peace in the World: a mother with child. Novoslobodskaya's theme is an ode to peaceful life and work. Its massive Romanesque lobby with a portico and columns is on the cultural heritage list.