About Armenian Heritage Park
Just imagine*: “We
are now standing at the edge of an extraordinary little park. Here at
mid-day, walking the labyrinth at the park’s center has attracted both
North End residents and visitors from Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Some are
thoughtfully following its meandering path while a number of children
around the path toward the water jet at its center. Some, shedding their flip-flops, are splashing about with squeals of delight. In
contrast, many dressed for downtown’s business have settled on a bench
with brown bag lunch, clearly enjoying the activity before them.”
* A reader's response to The Big Dig's Payoff - It's Easy to Imagine the Greenway in 10 years. By Thomas C. Palmer Jr.
Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, May 24, 2007
Armenian Heritage Park is a gift to the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from Armenian-Americans. Consistent
with key themes of the Greenway, to acknowledge the history of Boston as
a port of entry for immigrants worldwide worldwide, Armenian Heritage Park celebrates those who have migrated to the Massachusetts' shores, contributing to the richness of American life and culture. Together, we welcome all in celebration of the immigrant experience. Our park graces the public space with design features to engage all ages.
The Abstract Sculpture, a split dodecahedron, commemorates the immigrant experience. Annually, the Sculpture is reconfigured symbolic of all who pulled away from their country of origin and came to these Massachusetts shores, establishing themselves in new and different ways. The Sculpture sits atop a Reflecting Pool, its waters wash over its sides and re-emerge as a single jet of water at the Labyrinth's center. The Sculpture is dedicated to lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and all genocides that have followed.
A Labyrinth, a circular winding path paved on grass and inlaid stone, celebrates life's journey. A single jet of water marks its center, representing hope and rebirth. Art, Service, Science and Commerce are etched around its circle in tribute to contributions made to American life and culture.
Armenian Heritage Park and its Abstract Sculpture and Labyrinth are recognized as Public Art.
Endowed Public Programs include the Annual Reconfiguration of the Sculpture, the Najarian Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall and the Park's Ongoing Care.