Mosaic panel in the underpass

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A block away from the Local History Museum is Voroshilovsky Avenue, which runs from Gagarin Square to the Voroshilovsky Bridge. This bridge was built in the mid-1960s, using a revolutionary gluing method: there was no welding and no screws; all of the junctions were connected with a powerful glue developed in a secret chemical laboratory.

In the pedestrian underpass at the junction of Voroshilovsky Avenue and Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, a unique Rostov landmark can be found: a gigantic mosaic panel made out of ordinary tiles that depicts the stages in a child’s life, from birth to high-school graduation ball. In the mid-1970s, there were plans for a metro system in Rostov and the construction crew was given the task of building and decorating pedestrian underpasses at those locations where metro station entrances would later be dug. Tiling expert Yuri Labintsev proposed his sketches to the head of the construction crew and the designs were approved. Underpasses at neighbouring streets also have panels created by Labintsev, but depicting other topics: at the junction of Budennovsky Avenue and Moskovskaya Street, the tiles were used to recreate scenes from the novel And Quiet Flows the Don, as well as sketches of Rostov life, views of the city and the region’s flora and fauna, while the underpass at the junction of Bolshaya Sadovaya Street and Budennovsky Avenue is dedicated to the Second World War.