Dear Division 16,
I’ve been captivated by the images in a new book called “Soviet Bus Stops”. The Vancouver photographer who compiled this book has spent years cycling, driving and busing through Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The nation formerly known as the Soviet Union has become the countries we know today as Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Estonia, Georgia and 10 others.
For today’s assignment, I’d like you to read these articles about the book and finally to look at the images on the author / photographer’s website. Here are the articles:
and the artist’s website (if you scroll down to the bottom you can see a larger gallery of photos from the book):
Once you have had a chance to look at the images and read the two articles, please think about and answer at least TWO of the following questions:
- What purpose do you think bus stops like this serve? Would bus stops like these in your community make waiting for the bus feel differently?
- Do you think public art is important? Why or why not?
- Name at least one other public structure or space that you think could be improved if it were built by artists.
I look forward to your responses. Enjoy the pictures!