He also designed the Baiterek, which means "tall poplar tree". It is a 318 f.t tower, buttressed by an exoskeleton of white-painted steel. At the top is a gold-plated glass sphere. According to the epigraph at its base, the monument represents the Kazakh myth of Samurk, a sacred bird that every year lays a golden egg (the sun), in the crown of an enormous tree of life. its designer? Nursultan Nazarbayev, the steelworker turned strongman who has run the country since independence in 1991!
The pictures in general are faboo! I would love to see it. Kind of Vegas meets mini-Abu Duabi on the steppe.
Wheeee! (Select pictures to grow - all from National Geographic Magazine)
|Color NOT photoshopped!|
|McManisons right out of Beverly Hills|
|Upper Right is a non-denominational house of worship by Norman Foster|