Ylham (Inspiration) Park
A beautiful park full of sculpters and called "Ylham" (Inspiration) is located in the historic center of the Turkmen capital. The park is actually a line of Ashgabat's avenues and squares, streets and side streets that were named after famous Turkmen poets and writers. Gerogly Avenue, Azadi and Myati Kosyaeva Streets, Makhtumkuli Avenue, they all look like a string of pearls, forming a single stream of poetry, the very road without end that takes roots in the depths of history and leads to eternity.
The park is divided thematically into three equal sectors with straight lanes and water channels.
A carpet of yellow-red leaves covered the chess board with Abu Bakr Al-Sula, a talented scientist and polymathic personality, leaning over it. He was known as an outstanding chess player of his time, who wrote the first book about chess. A large-scale sculpture, embodying the image of the outstanding Turkmen thinker and poet of the IX century, was erected in the middle of the gallery, at the source of a water channel that stretches across the park. It opens up a kind of architectural trilogy. Behind the sculpture, on both sides of the artificial river, there follow sculptures that recreate the images of famous thinkers and scientists whose art legacy is a priceless national treasure and an integral part of the world culture treasury.
Each sculpture reflects the main features of the characters, while meaningful details reveal the specifics of their activities. For example, looking at the figure of Mahmoud Zamakhshary, pictured with books and his eternal companion - a wooden stick, one can not help recalling the legends that accompanied the name of this outstanding scientist and thinker, whose life exemplified the advantage of reason, his victory over the disease, the power and benefit of knowledge.
The composition symbolically uniting outstanding mathematician Musa Khwarizmi, scientist Shamsetdin Mervezi and poet Mahmoud Palvan is replete with details that underline the transience of time, imperishable thoughts and the importance of studying science. Under the canopy of a stone plane tree you will be greeted by philosopher Al-Farabi, who stopped here to take a short rest to give himself up to his favorite activity - playing the Tar.
There is no better place to travel together with Biruni to the distant depths of the galaxy, to participate in the discussion of important issues with Nedzhmetdin Kubra and Kazi Burhanetdin Ahmet, to admire the regal figure of ruler and poet Jahan Shah seated on the throne, to recall the outstanding statesman and talented writers Bayram Khan and his son Abdulrahim Khan, who left an indelible mark in the country's history and the history of India, resembled in the image of elephants in their individual sculpture. And finally, together with the artists who made these sculptures, you can see the images of great Turkmen scientists and philosophers, poets and theologians Meana Baba, Mahmud al-Kashgari, Abu Ali Ibn Sina and Al-Sarahsi.
The next part of the exhibition is devoted to the remarkable poets of XI-XIX centuries. One can meet almost everyone in the cozy lanes. Here we have Khoja Ahmed Yasawi counseling his young apprentice; the dreamy look of Yunus Emre is directed away; we see Azadi in a moment of creative inspiration; poets Zelili and Seidi are inseparable friends, where the latter, as befits a commander, is depicted as a brave rider; poet and satirist Kemine sets out on a long journey. Born nearly a thousand years ago, Yusuf Balasaguny, singers of love and beauty Nesimi and Fizuli, Navoi and Omar Khayyam, Andalib, Mollanepes and Myatadzhi met today in a picturesque corner of the Turkmen capital. This kind of poetic intersection of the Orient crowns the amphitheater - a large playing area framed by water jets. Graceful colonnades, geometrically equal semicircles separating and simultaneously encircling each part of this unique historical and literary trilogy are reminiscent of the ancient architecture.
The lane dedicated to writers, poets and playwrights of the twentieth century is also noted for its orderly appearance. On the two sides of the lane there are sculptured busts of Nurmurad Saryhanov, Becky Seytakov, Berdy Kerbabaev, Aman Kekilov, Ata Govshudov, Kerim Kurbannepesov, Nury Bayramov, Gurbannazar Ezizov, Gara Seyitliev, Nazar Gullyev, Yylgaya Durdyeva, Ashyrberdy Kurt, Mammed Seyidov Berdynazar Hudaynazarov, Annaly Berdiyev, Allaberdy Haidov.