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The monument to Abai and Pushkin

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One of the finest examples of modern sculpture in the city of Petropavlovsk is the monument dedicated to the Kazakh poet, philosopher, composer, educator and public figure Abai Kunanbayev and Russian poet, playwright and prose writer A. S. Pushkin. The monument in the center of Petropavlovsk was installed in December 2006 in honor of the completion of the year of Pushkin in Kazakhstan and the Year of Abai in Russia.

Abai Kunanbayev and Alexander Pushkin lived and worked in different periods of time, but they have a lot in common. It was two people's poet, the humanist, who dreamed of education. Abay and Pushkin was a kindred spirit people. Kazakh poet so loved and respected Pushkin's work, translated into their native language, many of his works. Word of mouth passed on such works as: "the Word Onegin," "the Letter" and "the monologue of the Lena".

In Russia and Kazakhstan has revived huge interest in the creation of these classics. That is why Moscow was opened a monument in honor of the genius of the Kazakh Abai Kunanbayev. As a reciprocal gesture, in the city of Petropavlovsk was a sculptural composition "Abay-Pushkin". The sculptor was Kazbek Satybaldin, architects Valery Satay and the Sultan of Poland, their project took first place at a specially announced about this contest.

The sculptural composition consists of two figures - Pushkin and Abai Kunanbaev, connected by a symbolic tree of life, which on the one hand, as it separates the epochs of these creations of the two poets, and on the other combines them as an eternal symbol. Bronze statues of poets installed on a powerful pedestal of solid granite with a height of 2.2 m. the Height of the sculpture is 3.5 m. the Monument is surrounded by a slender colonnade with a diameter of 50 m.

A monument to Abay and Pushkin in Petropavlovsk is a vivid symbol of the centuries-old friendship of the Kazakh and Russian peoples.