By Alin K. Gregorian
PEABODY, Mass. — The Armenian Genocide monument that will be the focal point of the Armenian Heritage Park in Boston later this year was unveiled at a reception sponsored and hosted by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan at the birthplace of that monument, A&A Industries.
A&A Industries, owned and operated by Anahid and Aurelian Mardiros and their sons, is a high-precision cutting facility which specializes mostly in hightech applications. The Mardiros family has donated the sculpture to the Armenian Heritage Park.
Guests strolled around the facilities and took pictures in front of the abstract sculpture, a split dodecahedron designed by architect Donald Tellalian. Café-style small tables were set on the floor of the factory, and food and drinks lent the event a light atmosphere.
The sculpture, when it eventually makes its way to its permanent home, will be mounted above a reflecting pool. It will be reconfigured annually.
A joyous Anahid Mardiros, who was happily playing with her grandchildren, was both relieved and delighted that the sculpture was finished. “It’s like a baby that took two years to have,” she said. She added that she was grateful for the support of close friends in realizing this project.