Old Bathtubs Turn an Abandoned Soviet Fountain into a Public Watering Hole

Soviet style is usually associated with drab buildings and lots of concrete, but it turns out that all you need to make an abandoned fountain in the old USSR into a vibrant public space is a bunch of old bathtubs and some tables. "Art Square in a Fountain" was a 2010 project by Art Pit in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Art Pit is an Eastern European media outlet and creative agency; this project was the brainchild of Justina Balčiūnaitė and Jonas Juozas Rudzinskas. The temporary installation functioned as a coffee shop and outdoor art space for the summer of 2010.

The bathtubs and other materials were purchased from scrap yards to keep the project affordable. Over three months, a team of three designers cut the tubs in two an installed them, along with other tables and seating, in the square fountain. Faucets and various bathroom fixtures were installed as well to fit the theme of water; they doubled as light sources, making the fountain a great spot for night life as well.

Having public space where urban residents can gather is vital to maintaining a sense of community and to creating vibrant, healthy and green cities. It's just too bad "Art Square" wasn't permanent.

Via NotCot.

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