do the bus stop...

While I'm the first to admit it that sometimes my taste can be a little whimsical and fey, when it comes to architecture nothing thrills me like some great hulking concrete brutalism.

Take a closer look at the structures above and below. Any idea what it is? Would you be surprised if I told you they were bus stops?

Soviet bus stops to be exact. Captured by the talented photographer Christopher Herwig

He first noticed the unusual architecture of Soviet-era bus stops during a 2002 long-distance bike ride from London to St. Petersburg. Challenging himself to take one good photograph every hour, Herwig began to notice surprisingly designed bus stops on otherwise deserted stretches of road. Twelve years later, Herwig had covered more than 18,000 miles in 14 countries of the former Soviet Union, traveling by car, bike, bus and taxi to hunt down and document these bus stops.

The local bus stop proved to be fertile ground for local artistic experimentation in the Soviet period, and was built seemingly without design restrictions or budgetary concerns. The result is an astonishing variety of styles and types across the region, from the strictest Brutalism to exuberant whimsy.

Now we can all enjoy them in his book - Soviet Bus Stops. It is the most comprehensive and diverse collection of Soviet bus stop design ever assembled, including examples from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Abkhazia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Estonia. You can buy it here

Like the man said - "art should always be in the front row"

Even if you are just waiting for the bus...

 Queen Marie

ps - just in case any of you can't get the song out of your head after reading that post title

 Bus stop, bus stop, everybody ready, do the bus stop