u003cpu003eFrom the author of u003ciu003eSoviet Bus Stopsu003c/iu003e, an underground trip through the Soviet Metrou003c/pu003eu003cpu003e"For us," said Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in his memoirs, "there was something supernatural about the Metro." Visiting any of the dozen or so Metro networks built across the Soviet Union between the 1930s and 1980s, it is easy to see why. Rather than the straightforward systems of London, Paris or New York, these networks were used as a propaganda artwork--a fusion of sculpture, architecture and art that combined Byzantine, medieval, baroque and constructivist ideas and infused them with the notion that communism would mean a "communal luxury" for all. Today these astonishing spaces remain the closest realization of a Soviet utopia. u003cpu003eFollowing his bestselling quest for u003ciu003eSoviet Bus Stopsu003c/iu003e, Canadian photographer Christopher Herwig has completed a subterranean expedition photographing the stations of each Metro network of the former USSR. From extreme marble and chandelier opulence to brutal futuristic minimalist glory, u003ciu003eSoviet Metro Stationsu003c/iu003e documents this wealth of diverse architecture. Along the way Herwig captures the elements that make up this singular Soviet experience: neon, concrete, escalators, signage, mosaics and relief sculptures all combine to build a vivid map of the Soviet Metro. u003cpu003eu003ciu003eSoviet Metro Stationsu003c/iu003e includes an essay by the leading architectural and political writer Owen Hatherley, author of the acclaimed books u003ciu003eLandscapes of Communismu003c/iu003e (2015), u003ciu003eTrans-Europe Expressu003c/iu003e (2018) and u003ciu003eThe Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Spaceu003c/iu003e.u003c/pu003e--Lizzie Crook "Dezeen"