Bulgarplod sgraffito on a dead wall of the former Bulgarian Bank of Agriculture, next to the entrance of Theatre 199

    1. Register Number: 2

    2. Address: 129 “G. Sava Rakovski” Str., “Sredets” District

    3. Coordinates:

      42.69327795852985, 23.337140528801342

    4. Artist/Architect: Stoyan Iliev

    5. Type of Site: Monumental Decoration

    6. Name: “Bulgarplod” sgraffito on a dead wall of the former Bulgarian Bank of Agriculture, next to the entrance of Theatre 199

    7. Other Names for the Monument:

    8. Technique: Sgraffito

    9. Materials Used: four-layer colored plaster

    10. Dating: 1964

    11. Monument Ownership: Property of the State

      • Building status: architectural monument of national importance; National Gazette 40 from 1978, N 96, declared with letter N 1787 from 21.05.1976, N 81, dossier 606;

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    15. Affiliation to Other Cultural Monuments or Assemblages:

    16. Dimensions of the Monument (measurements): 15x25m

    17. Description – Analysis of the Type, Style & Iconography :
      The sgraffito adorns the entire dead wall of the building, implemented in four colors: black, red, ochre, and beige-white. The colorful plaster layers vary in thickness and were applied over the base plaster, progressing from dark to light. The shapes are intricately cut in a decorative and stylized manner, without transitions between the color layers.

    18. Signature/Artist’s Initials:

    19. Condition:
      The central portion of the sgraffito appears to be stable; however, the left side and the lower right zone have sustained severe damage due to humidity. Traces of water running down from the roof are evident, along with color separation, destruction, and missing portions of the colored plasters. Additionally, the installation of theater cables and a metal structure currently obstructs the lower left zone of the sgraffito.

    20. Conservation / Restoration: No

    21. Preservation Regimes according to Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage Act:
      In order to preserve this work, it is necessary to: solve the cause of humidity; clean, strenghten and stabilize the plaster layers; and reconstruct the missing parts. In order to better present this work to the public, it is necessary to: provide for its regular maintenance and security; install lights for illumination; and add a plaque with the artist, title and year.

    22. Plans and Documentation Relating to Implementation: No

    23. Connection with the Environment:Macro – favorable

    24. Primary Function of the Building:

    25. Current Function of the Building: Residential Building

    26. Access: Public

    27. Observation Access: Unlimited

    28. Correspondence Between Initial Project Plan & Implementation:

    29. Comments/Other: