We have restored an image of what the "crown" looked like, but the meaning of our project went beyond artistic reconstruction. We want to ask questions, the answers to which we do not want and will not monopolize. The history of this sample of deeply ideological Soviet monumentalism, as well as the history of its destruction - 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 is the absence of part of our memory? Or is it no longer needed at all - or is it not needed in its original form?
We want to continue the discussion about architectural heritage, which was started by our colleagues and ordinary Almaty citizens, with new questions about reconciliation with the past, progressivism in society and architecture, the right to memory and about romanticization of totalitarianism. By understanding how we relate to history through the study of architecture, perhaps we will understand our relationship to the past.