We have restored an image of what the "crown" looked like, but the meaning of our project went beyond an artistic reproduction. We want to ask questions, but we can't claim to know the answers. The history of this sample of deeply ideological Soviet monumentalism, as well as the history of its destruction, of its unconventional and aesthetically complex decor, provokes new questions.
How did it happen? Why did the "crown" have to appear and how did it happen that it disappeared without a trace? Perhaps its current absence reflects an absence of part of our memory? Or is it no longer needed at all - or not in its original form?
We want to continue this discussion about architectural heritage, which was started by our colleagues and ordinary Almaty citizens, with new questions about reconciling with the past, about progressivism in society and architecture, and about the right to memory and about the romanticization of totalitarianism. By understanding how we relate to history through the study of architecture, perhaps we will understand our relationship to the past.