Through the Active Citizen project, Muscovites can say whether they like, dislike or haven’t noticed the new look of lampposts in central Moscow by taking a poll, The Forgotten Old: Your Opinion on the Street Lights’ New Look.
Street lights have had their bases and mounting arms changed at the Kremlin and Moskvoretskaya embankments, Vasilyevsky Spusk, Sofiyskaya Embankment, and the Borodinsky, Bolshoi Moskvoretsky and Bolshoi Kamenny bridges.
The new elements are made of cast iron to fully resemble their 1930s and 1950s versions, bringing back the style envisioned by Soviet architects of the first half of the 20th century. They wanted each street or bridge to have a unique look, with the facades, fences and lampposts creating a harmonious picture. However, by the late 20th and early 21st centuries, many bases and brackets were so worn out that they had to be replaced by steel and plastic ones.
The lights are now slated to get their historical look back through efforts of a team of Moscow officials, experts at the Moscow Lights museum, who studied drawings and photos of the old lamppost models, and metallurgists, who made historical architectural elements to fit the specifications.
The historical look of all street lights in Moscow’s central areas is expected to be restored in the future.