As part of the 2011 International Investment Forum, I was invited to the beautiful coastal city of Sochi, Russia, on the Black Sea, to create one of my 3D street painting images. Sochi is a lot like Santa Barbara or the Amalfi Coast in Italy – a gorgeous location with lots to do in the sun and sea. If you’re looking for a great vacation get away, this is it. The Sochi Park organization, who is currently constructing a new amusement park which will be opening in conjunction with the 2014 Olympic Games to be held in Sochi, asked for an image that showcased their new rides, the scenery of this lovely city and some of the folk tale characters that are near and dear to the Russian populations’ hearts. The 3D chalk art image proved to be very popular with the public and local Russian TV had a field day with it. My clients were thrilled with the result, which was the best compliment for me. I suspect we’ll be seeing more 3D street art appearing throughout Russia in the near future!
After the project concluded, my pal Sharyn and I flew to Moscow to site see and then on to St. Petersburg to spend a full day at the incredible Hermitage Museum complex. My favorite places were Red Square, the Kremlin, the Hermitage and the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood – all incredible.
I highly recommend taking public transportation in Moscow as the underground there is the jewel of the city – old Soviet era art, which is astounding in quality, still dominates the design aesthetic below ground. A must see. I also recommend the bullet train from Moscow to St. Petersburg – free wi fi, snack and beverage services and plush comfort – a great way to spend 3+ hours on your ipad, catching up on news, uploading new photos or checking out the forested wilderness through your window. Undoubtedly the best way to get from the heart of Russia to the northern Baltic region.
This was my first trip to beautiful Russia, which proved to be an incredible adventure! I loved the food, the art, the sites, the culture, the vodka (of course!) and most of all, the wonderfully warm people and friends I met there. Special thanks to Anna, Natalia, Anastasia and Natasha for their incredible hospitality. As always, big thanks to my street painting support team: Sharyn and Julio! Special thanks to Alexi for making sure we got from point A to point B safely.
It was a bucket list wish come true and I hope to return again very soon! До следующего времени……….