Slava KPSS

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    Communicative Urban Space
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Slava KPSS

Panel buildings, barbed wire fences, newspaper booths and sheds were inseparable parts of the Soviet environment. Structures made of silicate bricks – industrial buildings, walls, substations and dwellings – became a token of Communism. On their walls, the builders could easily form decorations with red bricks – patterns, stripes and texts. The most frequent feature on these buildings was the year of completion, but there were also slogans, such as СЛАВА КПСС (Long live the Communist Party). Such a slogan could be seen on the wall of a large industrial building of the military factory Dvigatel.

Angularity of letters is caused by the properties of the construction material from one side and by the tradition from the other side. In 1920s, propagandistic posters targeted to the illiterate crowd were issued in Soviet Russia, which were made with the techniques suitable for wartime, such as linocut or cardboard print. In such cases it was easiest to make straight cuts for cutting out the letters with knife. People got used to angular letters as parts of Communist visual materials, and such geometric texts preserved for decades as “Soviet style”.