|This is a war memorial - that little light spot to the left of the |
base of the column is a full-grown man - that's how big this is.
The war memorial is called Mother Motherland. Here she holds an empty amber bowl, symbolizing the suffering caused by war.
|Walk around behind the column and you see that the globe includes a representation |
of the Silk Road, an ancient trade route which runs through Kazakhstan.
|Obviously the dates in this sundial-themed statue are significant - I haven't found an answer |
as to why 2012 is on the statue. I have lots of questions, but can't ask them in Russian yet,
much less understand the answers!
The Bayterek Tower connects the new and the old. There is an old Kazakh story about a bird laying its egg in the sacred tree of life. This 97-meter tall tower symbolizes the tree and the sphere is the egg,which represents both happiness and new beginnings. Visitors can ride elevators to the top of the tower and explore from inside the egg, viewing the promises of the new city being established in all directions, honoring the past, cherishing the present, and looking forward to the future.
|Sitting in the middle of a patch of petunias, a stylized camel and rider.|
|A mare and foal, on a streetcorner. Signs of wear and tear, but still beautiful.|
|Painted topiary horses, too, along the sidewalk.|
|Fanciful dromedary and bactrian camels - baby camel symbols are everywhere here, much as baby rabbits in the US.|
|The statues are for touching, as well as looking, and who wouldn't want a ride|
on a painted pony?