This building (or better to say, this erection) was constructed in the late 80-s, in the last Soviet Union’s years. Some people tend to consider it as a striking example of socialist realism or symbolic constructivism style in architecture, because at least one element of its design looks like a symbol. I do not think so. I know that the strangely looking part of this architectural complex simply is an astronomical observatory. The whole complex is a juniors’ creativity center. Another cylindrically shaped piece of art is a statue of Mikhail Lomonosov.
Thus, there are no grounds for blaming the building for some bad symbolism. However, the observatory surely has a chance to be the winner or in the top list of this interesting contest.
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GPS coordinates: 49.99280 Lat, 36.33900 Long, 167 m
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rodgerg (55767) 2009-02-19 4:34
I like the contrast between the style of the building and the fantaisy of the coloured vehicle. The colours of this vehicle arise very well in the image. A good POV very well selectd too give an interetsing prospect effect.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-02-19 4:40
Nice shot. Funny composition. Good sharpness.
Greetings from Poland!
mkamionka (39093) 2009-02-19 4:49
very interesting indeed :)
Thanks for sharing that.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2009-02-19 9:43
This architecture could make smile, but it is particularly serious and functional. Excel work which joins together the Father Christmas, stars and Science. The realization is very good, with a framing diagonal and excellent natural colors. Cheer.
Have a nice day
Gerrit (52099) 2009-02-19 9:59
Indeed a very curious tower. Well composed photo in good light.
Fis2 (102198) 2009-02-19 10:54
Very interesting place and building.
Good frame and composition.
The line add savor of photo.
skippy007 (12510) 2009-02-19 16:23
Hello Sergiy, Strange building but if we say that it was constructed with a view of being modern that may explain it, I like the inclusion of the well placed train in FG adding colour, I can also see the Christmas tree is still up, reading about Mikhail Lomonosov it looks to be a very good & appropriate choice to have a scientist& among other things a poet outside an Observatory. Interesting note.
jhm (156410) 2009-02-20 3:42
Very well captured and good composed, also the presentation is nice.
Excellent perspective, lovely view with these train in foreground.
I like it the sharpness and clarity of this picture.
Have a nice weekend,
Juntas (7960) 2009-02-20 8:12
Hi Sergiy. Nice architecture and really unusual (I guess that we have in Portugal one candidate to that contest. The detail of the vehicle (I have a picture with a similar one) and great colors. Good clarity and sharpness and great 'color' of the snow. Well done. Greetings. Paulo
Nicou (146660) 2009-02-21 8:14
Un bien beau petit train de belle couleur, devant ce bâtiment moderne, très beau contraste, avec la statue, le sapin de noël, très belle lumières, et ensemble, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
Graal (103036) 2009-02-21 22:45
an interesting place and presentation. Good informations. Well done photo.
UlfE (14641) 2009-02-21 23:27
Very unusual architecture captured in an excellent way. Very good use of the lighting conditions. Great colours and perfect sharpness. TFS and have a nice Sunday!
saxo042 (37908) 2009-02-22 7:16
A fine and interesting combination of the concrete building and the tourist train with Santa Claus (?) as driver. There are good colours in the train and also something red at the building. Maybe this tower will be the winner of that contest...
photoray (13981) 2009-02-22 7:44
The unique architecture is offset by the colorful tram in the spirit of Xmas.
Good composition and humor,
PS: Your erection narrative reminded me of a large pinnacle within Calif's Joshua Tree Mounument resembling a penis. The U.S. Park experts blew it up (with explosives) just in case some idiot was offended. Sometimes our U.S. Park Service zealots forget what they are suppose to be protecting.
papagolf21 (105164) 2009-02-23 2:46
Bonjour, cher Sergiy,
Une architecture qui ne peut laisser indifférent. Chacun peut y voir selon ses pensées ! De ce fait, cette composition prend une autre dimension : faire réfléchir le lecteur et s'interroger !
La marque d'humour est bien vue également.
Très bonne composition.
AROBN54 (11475) 2009-02-24 16:39
what a wonderful shot!! The clarity is fantastic, marvelous lines and angles, great light and shadows, and I LOVE those bright colors of the small conveyance. Outstanding composition and I especially like the angle of view. This is beautiful. Many thanks and kind regards,
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2009-02-25 8:40
Very interesting capture of this building. Great light and nice contrast with this mini-train and red man (Santa Claus or Died Moroz?)
rey316 (24) 2009-02-26 6:06
Спасибо за интересную информацию к фото. Хорошая работа особенно мне понравился этот маленький поезд с его водителем. Если сказать про здание... то это Советский Союз. Оно мне напоминает какую то крепость...архитектура действительно странная ...Успехов
paololg (31448) 2009-02-26 14:02
Ciao dear Sergiy,
strange construction, seems a mushroom. Reading your notes I have understood that it is an astronomic observatory, for which the form is justified. The photo is composed with excellent photographic technique. Excellent the idea to also photograph the small train to give color to the image. You have really done a pleasant work, accompanied by interesting notes. Compliments!
Ciao, have a nice day!
cam (9043) 2009-02-28 11:17
Surely not a dull building to look at.
I found the snow a little on the blue side, something to correct in PP.
Overall, a good presentation of the place, with the sun on the left side, for a good illumination.
Have a good WE
parbo (11092) 2009-03-02 6:05
Well known style of architectures from 80's created good contrasts with its concrete facades. I like the snowy surround and colorful child charts that similar and popular also in Suriname too. Blue sky, still standing Christmas tree are excellent additions. Congratulations. Have a nice new week.
jafadabret (56501) 2009-03-05 2:58
C'est assez amusant comme souvent l'architecture copie la nature.
Voir ce champignon
Le petit train apporte la couleur sous une belle lumière.
Beau travail !
shevchenko (20548) 2009-03-05 18:59
Interesting composition to introduce the partly unique structure from a new complex, windows are reflect well the color of blue sky, good perspective effect, distinct image, good shoot.
pablominto (53746) 2009-03-06 2:24
I observe a striking contrast between the architecture and the design of Santa's train hahaha!
And the big guy himself is amicably present, hinting on a particular time of year...
The situation is well framed and captured with fine details!
ElAprendiz (30) 2009-03-07 13:51
Yes, a composition is without equal. But the elements are harmonious in style and color, all within a frame.
Thanks for sharing
Rosa (0) 2009-03-08 4:45
Tres belle architecture qui ne peut laisser indifférent, ce petit train rouge et son pere Noel ainsi que le sapin donne un plus a ton image ou les couleurs sont magnifique.
Très bonne composition.
belido (19934) 2009-03-08 6:33
another very well executed winter composition. The colorful train is definitely such a nice elements to contrast with the snow. The 80's building (yet modern) in perspective fills nicely the background. Another good point is the tangential light coming from the left. Great work!
toto (0) 2009-03-09 20:02
belle photo de ce batiment a la jolie architecture, de cette sculpture de rtoute beauté et de ce petit train dans la neige.
paura (47186) 2009-03-24 12:51
Lighting is really nice here, to show the interesting landscape. well done!
siolaw (38292) 2009-03-27 0:49
A funny building indeed.. i wonder what the architect had in mind! Clean shot with clear colors and sharp details... the small tourist train provides an interesting FG too.
Ps.I was away and without proper connexion...!
plimrn (21344) 2009-03-29 9:12
Oh this one beats out the 'brick dick', hands down!! You also framed this very well using the Christmas tree to balance the tower very nicely while the train adds to the holiday spirit and together with the excellent note makes the presentation much more than a snapshot of an architechtural oddity. Well done
josepmarin (58359) 2009-04-14 9:44
Certainly that this one is a really interesting architecture of the Soviet period. I like how you have managed the light on the covered with snow landscape, and the nice contrast created by the colors of the small tourist train on its whiteness.
The image has a high quality and is very clean.
Good work, and good informative note.
Atousa (7131) 2009-05-04 4:43
Really unusual! ..I like the inclusion of the train which gives warmth to the almost cold atmosphere of the place ..good light management n framing..good work!
Best regards, Atousa
fritzi007 (11471) 2009-11-17 12:09
Unusual, clear picture with good color contrast. Without comment, I knew nothing about the importance of building
Best wishes from Styria
pajaran (63402) 2010-01-04 1:19
Dobar dan, kod nas je noc bila hladna a sada je sunce.
Sve je spremno, samo da se pojave ljudi, lepa fotografija i boje, dobar rad i prikazana arhitektura.
Lep dan, Paja.
kordinator (21293) 2010-08-19 4:33
A beautiful composition.
Very interesting place and building.
Nive colors and perfect light managment.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-22 11:17
Indeed a very unique architecture of this observatory. I like the way every element is place rightly and each one grabs the attention. I like the way the statue is sitting between the train and the building. The colors of the train are very eye catching. The sunny day makes the whole image look very bright. Like this sharp image.
- Copyright: Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) (16596)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-03
- Categories: Humorous, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: SONY DSC-W200
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): 50°N (50th parallel north in Eastern Ukraine) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-19 4:30