Ukrainian Bus Stops

This work is a research of the bus stop in Ukraine not only as an architectural object within its direct utilitarian function as a waiting place for public transport in a particular place, but also its communicative function. 

Bus stops (bus shelters) as small architectural forms belong to the objects of public space. Public space, in this case, I consider as a basis for the presentation of certain messages. The walls of bus stops thus act as a kind of platform for communication between strangers. In addition, messages on the walls often have features of folklore (anonymity, collectivity, variability, should be easily remembered to be reproduced in the future, etc., for example, inscriptions such as "Mary loves Peter").

Messages on the walls can be classified as advertising, private messages of often intimate nature, political (e.g., statement of personal political position or attitude to a certain politician or party) and social (utilitarian) messages.

Special attention should be paid to the bus shelters built when Ukraine was a part of the USSR and their current (at the time of photographing) state in the context of socio-cultural and political conditions (transformations) in Ukraine, the new meanings that these stops received after Ukraine gained independence. After all, through the construction of bus stops in the occupied territories, the Soviet authorities marked and emphasized their presence in this settlement. Also, propaganda motifs were often depicted on the walls of these stops. After the Revolution of Dignity, by the act of desecration of the walls of the bus stop with such motives or their complete destruction, citizens showed their position on preserving the memory of the Soviet heritage in modern Ukraine.

The project was made during 2018-2019. Currently, the archive contains about 650 photos of various stops with details located in Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Poltava and Kharkiv regions.

Dovzhanka, Ternopil Oblast

Shumyna, Lviv Oblast

Tataryntsi, Ternopil Oblast

Holubcha, Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Berezivka, Kharkiv Oblast

Slatyne, Kharkiv Oblast

Tokarivka, Kharkiv Oblast

Merefa, Kharkiv Oblast

Krasulya, Zhytomyr Oblast

Stovpy, Zhytomyr Oblast

Kupyshche, Zhytomyr Oblast

Onatskivtsi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Krasulya, Zhytomyr Oblast

Kharkiv Oblast

Kharkiv Oblast

Kharkiv Oblast

Novosilky, Lviv Oblast

Sosnivka, Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Zhemelyntsi, Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Druzhbivka, Zhytomyr Oblast

Varvarivka, Zhytomyr Oblast

Hrytsiv, Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Chotyrboky, Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Krasnoluka, Ternopil Oblast

Davydiv, Lviv Oblast

Kudriava, Lviv Oblast

Kunyn, Rivne Oblast

Strilkovychi, Lviv Oblast

Babyna, Lviv Oblast

Krupets, Rivne Oblast

Steblivka, Rivne Oblast

Kudyryavtsi, Lviv Oblast

Olesko, Lviv Oblast

Kryzhova, Volyn Oblast

Didyliv, Lviv Oblast

Torhanovychy, Lviv Oblast

Korets, Rivne Oblast

Kunyn, Rivne Oblast

Murovane, Lviv Oblast

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