This year marks the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate, so at least some of the new decorations were in honor of that.
|Apologies to the complete strangers in the picture--I wasn't patient enough to wait to take the photo!|
My favorite one was painted with pomegranates. Too bad pomegranates don't actually grow in Astana!
I was curious about the origins of this one, too. I wondered if it might have been sponsored by the Israeli government or maybe the local Chabad.
No matter what the occasion, there is always more room for fake plants here.
And a sculpture I had never seen before! Near something that looks like a disco ball!