About Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway
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.”
* 2007: 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
Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway welcomes all in celebration of the immigrant experience, and graces the public space with design features to engage all ages.
The Abstract Sculpture, a split rhomboid 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. In early April, a crane lifts and pulls apart the two halves of the split rhomboid dodecahedron, made of steel and aluminum, to create a new shape.
The Abstract 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.
Inscription on the Reflecting Pool
"Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have offered hope and refuge for immigrants looking to begin new lives.
This park is a gift to the people of the Commonwealth and the City of Boston
from the Armenian-American community of Massachusetts.
The sculpture is offered is offered in honor of the one and one-half million victims of the
Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923.
May it serve in remembrance of all genocides that have followed, and
celebrate the diversity of the communities that have re-formed in the safety of these shores."
The 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, 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 by the City of Boston, Boston Arts Commission and the Greenway.
Armenian Heritage Park and its Endowed Public Programs including the Annual Reconfiguration of the Sculpture, Najarian Lecture on Human Rights at Faneuil Hall, Public Programs, and the Park's Ongoing Care is a gift to the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from Armenian-Americans.
"Unlike static cenotaphs and monuments, the Abstract Sculpture...does that so many others do not: it represents life.
The changing nature of the shape each year - coupled with children running and laughing along the Labyrinth and through the Fountain -
facilitates the development of new memories while allowing remembrance of the past."
Lucas Cowan, Public Art Curator, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, 2016