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For 12 years, photographer Christopher Herwig embarked on a bizarre mission: chronicle bus stops found across former Soviet Republics.

The art project admittedly sounds bizarre and possibly not that interesting, but Herwig's photographs show otherwise. The images are awesome in the truest sense of the word.

And we aren't the only ones who think that. Last year, Herwig launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a limited edition photo book of his work. His initial goal was to raise $10,000 for the printing. By the time the campaign ended, he had raised $51,831 from more than 1,000 donors. The book has been in such high demand that Herwig and his publisher are currently planning a second edition of the book.

These photos are a testament that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. Have a look.

Pitsunda, Abkhazia

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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Machukha, Ukraine

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Falesti, Moldova

Kootsi, Estonia

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Gudauta, Abkhazia

Merv, Turkmenistan

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Termez, Uzbekistan

Marijampole, Lithuania

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Astana, Kazakhstan

Fidel Martinez is an editor at Fusion.net. He's also a Texas native and a lifelong El Tri fan.