A study of prefabricated and moulded concrete. Part 2.
A few weeks ago, I started a study of ‘Soviet concrete‘ with a highly unscientific study of the pre-fabricated concrete fence.
Inspired by what I discovered, this week I ventured forth into Kyiv’s city jungle to study the fence’s small cousin – the flower pot.
In Russian word ‘fabrika’ means factory. In English, we use a similar word ‘fabricated‘ to mean ‘constructed’ or ‘made’.
‘Prefabricated’ or simply ‘pre-fab‘ is “to manufacture in standardised sections, ready for quick assembly”
In the Soviet Union it seems that they were big fans of prefabricating things from concrete and also of factory moulding various other objects. As a result it is almost impossible to move in Ukraine without passing a concrete tribute to their soviet past.
I decided to explore some of the most common concrete objects. This week I explored the moulded flower pots.
Like the pre-fab fences, you might not notice these little concrete monuments when you first arrive in the city, but they are so ridiculously common that once you have noticed them – you wont be able to leave the house without spotting them on the street. The positive effect they have on the city is somewhat amplified by the dizzying colours in which they are painted. In fact, I suspect the Ukrainian obsession with uber-bright colourful paint is, in part, a rebellion against the grey monotony of this multifaceted material.
I discovered that most of the pot designs are available either as a full square or as a smaller half-square oblong pot. There are also round designs and vase-style pots which people are obviously very proud of because they are the most well painted. By far the most common pot is the small ‘half-moon’ and after this, the similar ‘apple core’ design.
Here’s a small number of Kyiv pots for you to enjoy. Please bare in mind that I made myself look like a complete idiot photographing these for you.
NB. This post is special birthday dedication for Sanela ‘funny name’ Stanišič. Многая Літа!!