Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 2022
British street artist, Fanakapan, created this as part of a mural fest in 2017. He has used the metallic balloons that we have come to love in his art (click here for an example).
The mural features the two letters Q and Z, prompted by news that Kazakhstan would switch from the Cyrillic script to Latin. It seems the linguistic move is still planned, starting in 2023.
The Kazakh language has been through such changes before, switching from Arabic to Latin alphabet in the early 1920s, and then to Cyrillic in 1940 along with the other Turkic-speaking republics of the Soviet Union.
And in reflection:
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 21 February 2022