The Neutrality Monument,
Ashgabat - 2011
Built on the skirts of the Kopet Mountains in the south of Ashgabat, The Neutrality Monument was designed to keep alive in the minds of future generations the Turkmen State’s official position of neutrality. The design of the monument was inspired by tagan, a tripod symbolizing firmness in the minds of Turkmens. Turkmenistan’s official position of neutrality, recognized by the United Nations on 12.12.1995, is symbolized by the height of the body of the monument, standing at a height of 95 meters, and the 12 meter tall statue that stands on top of it.
At the foot of the monument are reliefs representing the unity of the Turkmen people and friendship between different regions; also depicted are significant events in Turkmenistan throughout different eras and scenes from the daily lives of the Turkmen people. The monument is also decorated with carpet patterns that symbolize the five provinces of the country.
Between the legs of the monument are horizontal elevators, and also one panoramic elevator that goes up to the observation terrace. The monument also houses a Neutrality Museum, whose displays show the development and progress of the Turkmen world, the humanistic principles of the Turkmen people and the spectacular history of their ancestors and their understanding of freedom and independence.