Decommunization affected not only the names of streets but also the monuments. Art get caught in crossfire too. For example an impressive Soviet puzzles. In this article we sorted out what we’ve already lost and what we can still save.
Streets are being renamed after public debates or by voting. Decorative Art is entirely falls under the propaganda ban... That means "cleaning" of such symbols out of the cities in Ukraine is carried out without asking the public opinion.
Many puzzles served as a powerful propaganda tool. They were an outdoor advertising, a sort of billboards. They served as a canvas where military victories, space achievements, slogans, happy workers and peasants were painted.
But the mosaic is not just a poster or signboard. It is an art with a long history, which came from ancient Byzantium. It is a street monuments that makes the city brighter. And very often it is the original solution for artists.
Association of Soviet Mosaics in Ukraine believes that by removing puzzles we kill the soul of architecture. Even if Gagarin and red stars are drawn on it.