Manhole covers with depictions of flowers and animals as well as stars will be installed in Zaryadye Park in the near future, said Moscow Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov.
“Usually Moscow manholes are accompanied by nondescript drawings. In Zaryadye much attention is paid to details, and I think it is a good idea to make designs of manhole covers interesting for city residents and tourists. It will make the park even more special. Moreover, in many European cities, Japan and the United States, industrial design has long become part of their signature urban styles. Probably, this trend will be important for Moscow, too,” Kuznetsov said.
So that manhole covers fit in with the park’s style, they will have a common logo – a metal leaf decorated with parallel lines. This is necessary not only for the décor but also to make manhole covers less slippery.
“Guests of the park and participants in the Moscow Urban Forum that starts in Zaryadye on 17 July will have an opportunity to see the new manhole covers. They will be installed in batches, gradually replacing the old ones,” Kuznetsov explained.
A modern art exhibition also opened in Zaryadye. Sculptures in the public art style are being installed in different parts of the park. Thus, the sculpture named Endless Curve by Chinese artist Wenqin Chen stands by the entrance to Zaryadye. The almost four-metre-high work made of stainless steel has the shape of a ring. The sculpture called The Tulip by British artist Simon Hempsell is located under the Glass Canopy.