Novoslobodskaya

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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.