By Meghan E. Irons
BOSTON (Boston Globe) — The patch of Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Greenway next to the wharf promenade and the spectacular Christopher Columbus Park looks barren now. But by fall, officials say, trees will surround a labyrinth of granite pathways, winding inward to a jet of water. From atop a 16-foot reflecting pool, a 12-sided, shape-shifting sculpture will stand as an homage to the immigrant experience in America and the 1915-era Armenian Genocide that took about 1.5 million lives.
After years of planning and controversy, construction is finally set to begin this summer on the Armenian Heritage Park.
For Armenian immigrants like architect Donald J. Tellalian, who worked for six years before presenting the final design to North End residents this week, it is a moment charged with emotion.
“For those of us who came to this country and are fortunate to have made new lives, it will be an opportunity for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to come and visit and understand that it has meaning,” he said, tears welling up.