Image: The Peace Tree. Credit: Kulanshi Art Gallery’s press service. Source: The Astana Times. - Photo: 2022

World Religious Leaders to Discuss Creative Initiatives in Kazakh Capital

By Saniya Bulatkulova

This article was published in The Astana Times

NUR-SULTAN (IDN) — The five-meter-tall Peace Tree will be built at the capital’s Palace of Peace and Reconciliation as a symbol of the upcoming seventh Congress of World and Traditional Religions, scheduled for September 14-15, reports Khabar TV channel.

The tree reflects the congress concept: the roots represent people’s history, the trunk represents universal human values, and the branches represent the multilateral development of inter-ethnic relations.

Aside from the Peace Tree, four creative projects, including three exhibitions and a digital steppe video installation of the country’s scenic views, will reflect the platform’s ambience in the palace.

The “Treasure of Steppe” exhibition will introduce the audience to ancient nomad jewellery skills and the reconstruction of the Sarmatian warrior and the Golden Man. The “Valley of the Kings” exhibition will feature Kazakh antique household items, while the “Nomad Legends” exhibition will feature monumental artworks by Kazakh graphic artist Batukhan Baimen.

Artist and Kulanshi Art Gallery curator Leila Makhat explained how Baimen created his distinctive engravings in an interview with Khabar TV.

“Such artistic linoleums, which Baimen uses to create his compositions, do not exist. Therefore, Baimen uses regular linoleum. He freezes it to prevent the cutter from slipping and wearing out,” said Makhat.

The Center for Urbanism of the capital’s akimat (city administration) recently announced plans to complete the Peace and Reconciliation Park construction along the Esil River by 2023.

The Tree of Life monument will be the focal point of the park. It will have a form of a dome with oak in the center, surrounded by a spiral and a fountain. The delegates of the upcoming congress will assist in laying the foundation for the future park dedicated to the seventh Congress of World and Traditional Religions.

The Tree of Life. Photo credit: city administration’s press service

“The installation encourages all people, regardless of religious beliefs, to live in love, peace, and friendship. The dome represents the entire world under one sky. It will feature four entry zones, each representing one of the four cardinal points (South, North, West, and East),” reads the capital’s administration statement. [IDN-InDepthNews – 11 September 2022]

Image: The Peace Tree. Credit: Kulanshi Art Gallery’s press service. Source: The Astana Times.

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