The Mosaic Postal Pigeons in the Central Post Office

Artist: Georgi Bozhilov – Slona

Date: 1977

Dimensions: 15.87 х 4.30 m

This mosaic is located in the building of the Central Post Office and takes up most of the foyer’s northern wall. It depicts a horizontal band of stylized pigeons. The mosaic’s surface is three-dimensional, and the scene was created in accordance with the principles of sgraffito. The colors change gradually from dark to light; the darker toned tesserae are set lowest in the scene, and the tesserae gradually transition to lighter hues at the same time as the relief of the mosaic steadily increases from 1.5 to 2 cm deep. Based on his deep knowledge of mosaic techniques, the artist tailored his approach to the figures’ style and to the color spots that formed them so that they could be installed in one day. Because of the artist’s expert approach, visible “joints” (giornata) between part of the mosaic are avoided. The techniques used for creating the mosaic’s background and figures can easily be distinguished. The background is done in opus tessellatum with fairly large square tesserae. The binding solution for the mosaic is cement, which shows in the mosaic’s gaps and in the places where the mosaic has deteriorated. The mosaic was made in situ according to the so-called “direct method” and used natural stone tesserae in five colors – black, white (marble and white limestone), ochre, light green, and dark green.

According to those who participated in the mosaic’s installation, the artist did not personally take part, but other artists were commissioned to carry out his design.

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