The Sputnik Cult

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 1

Yesterday we mentioned the 50th anniversary of “Sputneg” (or “Sputnik”) the first artificial Earth satellite. The same year it was launched it had a big impact on all the areas of Soviet life. For example many architects wanted to commemorate Sputneg in their architecture, so many of the houses built that year carry the simplified Sputnik logo on them. Here is some examples:

This is how the Sputnik itself looked like:
The Sputnik Cult

And these are the architectural examples with a Sputnik logo:

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 2

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 3

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 4

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 5

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 6

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 7

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 8

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 9

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 10

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 11

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 12

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 13

sputnik (satellite) in Russian architecture 14

thanks to Yardkeeper

35 thoughts on “The Sputnik Cult”

  1. What is it with you and Albania? By the amount of times you mentioned it, one could get an impression that you are truly in love with this country. Is that where you were born? 🙂

  2. Soviets re invent their very own symbols of their socialist religion.they pray sickle and hammer,symbol of sputnik and face of the Lenin.after all the instinct of human is demands something to obey and pray.

  3. Well. The first peace actually also does not look very much like sputnik. God only (or Lenin) knows what does that depict…

    • It’s ontopic. It’s the bas-relief base of the Space Obelisk at the VDNKh exhibition park in Moscow, and is dedicated to the USSR’s early years of space. I’m pretty sure there’s a Sputnik in there somewhere…

      • “USSR’s early years of space”

        That reminds me of this Polish joke:

        It is 1961 and a guy shouts out to his neighbor – Hey! Have you heard it? The Russians flew to the outer space!
        – Really? All of them?
        – No! Just one!
        – Just one??? So why the hell are you bothering me?!


          • Me hypocritical? How exactly?

            Me and a few other people are the only ones who who have the guts to stand up against xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Racism on this site on the daily basis. So why are calling me a hypocrite? Please support you accusation.

          • There are many words to name the thing people feel to the occupants, but xenophobia is not one of them.

    • I remember reading that it did burn up on re-entry, but pieces of it have ironically fallen on the yard or a guy in USA.

      Ironically, because thus it demonstrated the principle of delivery of nuclear device from USSR to USA.

      Though I do not guarantee that I remember it correctly. 🙂

  4. You can’t see it really clearly in this photo, but in the first picture, there’s a swastika spray painted on Lenin’s forehead. It’s been there for quite a while (was there in 2005). No one really seems to care about these monuments of historical achievement.

  5. This is ornament very popular in secession style (Jugendstil). It has nothing to do with sputnik and is of course 50 years older than it.

    But you can see sputnik decoration some times. For example on the roof of Moskau Cafe in Berlin.

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