By Laman Ismayilova
The subway may feel like a necessary and hard transport mean for some, with its overcrowded trains.
But in its own way, Baku Metro makes up for the harsh realities of public transit by providing beautiful artwork at many of its stations.
Although the art at a subway station isn't where you would typically expect to find it, Nizami metro station offers one of the most dramatic mosaics to its visitors.
The walls of Nizami metro station features scenes based on the motives of "Khamsa" poem by great Azerbaijani poet and philosopher Nizami Ganjavi.
The station, which was commissioned on December 31, 1976, is located in the geologically complex region of the capital. As a result of the aggressive environment over its 40 years of activity, station installations, constructions and decorative-architectural elements have become completely useless. The station was recently partly-closed for renovations.
Baku Metro announced that four of 18 mosaic walls have already been restored.
The writings under the panels were handwritten by the Latin alphabet, and its original format was preserved. The restoration is done by professional artists Zohrab Jabbarov, Elchin Jabbarov, Nizami Valiyev.
Zohrab Jabbarov said that the most difficult part of the repair work at this station is the restoration of mosaic panels:
"The metal structures, which are the supporting elements behind the panels, were completely destroyed and they could no longer perform their functions. If the repair works were delayed somewhat, the panels would be spilled. In order to avoid this, as well as to prevent deformation of the mosaic elements on the images, some pieces of stones were replaced,” he said, stressing that now the panels are ready for installation.
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