Among the gloomy courtyards of St Petersburg, a small mosaic courtyard is hidden from passers-by on Tchaikovsky Street. Mozaichny Dvorik is a monumental painting of the Malaya Academy of Arts. It is not included on the standard guides of Russia’s northern capital, and perhaps that is why the courtyard is so loved by locals for its unusual, iridescent vibe. Mosaichny Dvorik is the creative laboratory of Vladimir Lubenko, and it is decorated with a mosaic of colored glass – benches, curbs and small sculptures sparkle with new colors. The objects that fill the courtyard have different stories, but most are made in human shapes or as angels and lions. The works have a clear humanistic orientation and were made not only to be looked at, but to produce some thoughts.