“The installation of the main artistic elements of the Nagatinsky Zaton station in the eastern section of the Big Circle Line (BCL) is complete”, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Planning and Construction.

Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies is a general designer and general contractor to build the new lines and stations of the Moscow Metro.

“The 7.3 m by 3.4 m composition ‘Bream’ is fully mounted on the wall of the platform section of the Nagatinsky Zaton station. As a result, all 12 main design elements of the new metro station have taken their places at the station. The panels are in the form of giant fish images of the Moscow region’s basins”, said Andrey Bochkarev.

According to the Deputy Mayor, the panels “Crusian Carp”, “Goby”, “Chinese sleeper”, “Chub”, “Pike”, “Bleak”, “Burbot”, “Perch”, “Pike-Perch”, “Roach” and “Tadpole” have been installed previously.

“Also, architectural and finishing work is nearing completion at the Nagatinsky Zaton station, and the installation and commissioning of engineering systems are now underway”, specified Andrey Bochkarev.

Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, added that the fish images were created using a mosaic picture technique from natural stone and the decorative material smalt.

“Before being transported from the workshop, each ‘fish’ was split into parts, and then all the fragments were assembled into a single composition on the wall”, specified Yuri Kravtsov.

The head of the engineering holding specified that the largest of the ornamental fish installed was the “Pike”, 14 metres by 3.6 metres.

“Images of fish of the Moscow region’s basins also appeared in the station concourse, but in the form of miniatures made by milling marble and filling the surface with paint. They differ from their giant ‘brothers’ on the platform not only in terms of performance technique and much smaller size, but also in terms of appearance”, informed Yuri Kravtsov.

The head of the holding recalled that the design of Nagatinsky Zaton station was selected during the international architectural competition organised by Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies. The concept offered by the architectural bureau Za bor was the winner.

The eastern section of the Big Circle Line, in addition to Nagatinsky Zaton, includes the stations of Klenovy Bulvar, Pechatniki and Tekstilshchiki. The eastern section is about 11 km long. Its opening will improve the transport accessibility for a number of districts in the south-east of Moscow.

Creation of the Big Circle Line is the principal project of the Moscow Metro construction. Its length will exceed 70 km, and it will accommodate 31 stations, 22 of which are already open to passengers.