Apotheosis – Kolio Ficheto

    1. Register Number: 2

    2. Address: “Stefan Stambolov” St., “Varusha – North” Residential District, Veliko Tarnovo 5000

    3. Coordinates:

      43.084321, 25.638475

    4. Artist/Architect: Marcho Karadjov, Georgi Raychev

    5. Type of Site: Monumental decoration

    6. Name: “Apotheosis – Kolio Ficheto”

    7. Other Names for the Monument: 

    8. Technique: Sgraffito

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    10. Dating: 1974

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    15. Affiliation to Other Cultural Monuments or Assemblages:

    16. Dimensions of the Monument (measurements): 

    17. Description – Analysis of the Type, Style & Iconography :
      The sgraffito covers the entire dead wall, which faces outwards towards a panoramic square. It was implemented in four colours – black, red, ocher and beige-white – however, it appears to be made of entirely new materials and different colours after its restoration in 2018. There is a signature in the lower right corner but its authenticity is questionable given that it was not visible prior to the restoration and there are new layers of plaster applied above it.

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    19. Condition:
      The sgraffito appears to be in a stable state of preservation: there is no evidence of water damage or other forms of visible damage. The walls are clean and the area is well maintained, including the adjacent “panoramic square” which has been renewed and nicely designed.

    20. Conservation / Restoration: The sgraffito was “restored” in 2018 by a team led by Milen Djanovski, the artist of the original work. However, the restoration was not faithful to the original as there is a change in the texture of the finishing layer and of the colours. Thе original colours, found in the profile of the plaster, were dark red, umber, and white. During the restoration, the plaster colours were changed to dark gray, light umber, and white, and whose surface may have been toned.

    21. Preservation Regimes according to Bulgaria’s Cultural Heritage Act:
      In order to better present this work to the public, it is necessary to: provide for its regular maintanance and security; install lights for illumination; and add a plaque with the artist, title and year.

    22. Plans and Documentation Relating to Implementation

    23. Connection with the Environment: Favourable

    24. Primary Function of the Building: 

    25. Current Function of the Building: 

    26. Access: Public

    27. Observation Access: Unlimited

    28. Correspondence Between Initial Project Plan & Implementation:

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