On Saturday I wanted to visit one of my favorite ghost signs, to see how much was left as it has been crumbling. Instead of being sad about how it is slowing disappearing, I was pleasantly surprised to find a man uncovering an epic ghost sign in the same passageway! And, in fact, I think it may be the best ghost sign in Lviv – very colorful and unique! I asked him whether they would be restoring it and he said yes! I watched for about 20 minutes as he chipped away at one side to reveal more.
|chipping away at the plaster to reveal more of the sign. also look at ghost sign in top left corner|
He saw I was very excited and posed for a picture as he sprayed water (?) on the part he had already uncovered.
However, there are little parts of some other signs popping out in some other parts of the passage, so we shall see how much of them will be uncovered and restored.
Anyhow, it was so cool to see him chipping away at it. I imagine the whole passageway had once been covered in signs. Must have looked so cool and colorful!
I also found out that the other ghost sign in the passageway (the last picture from my earlier post about Lviv's ghost signs, also visible in the first photo in this post) that is crumbling away was painted by artists from an avant-garde collective called Artes, which existed in Lviv in 1929-1935. I wonder if they also painted the other signs that are now being uncovered in the passageway.