BOSTON — The annual reconfiguration of Abstract Sculpture heralds the start of a new year of programs at Armenian Heritage Park on Boston’s The Greenway. This annual reconfiguration is symbolic of the immigrant experience, all of whom pulled away from their countries of origin and came to these shores, establishing themselves in new and different ways. In the early Spring, a crane lifts and pulls apart the two halves of the split rhomboid dodecahedron, made of steel and aluminum, to create a new sculptural shape. The park’s Charles G. and Doreen Bilezekian Endowed Fund supports the annual reconfiguration. A&A Industries, led by Anahid and Aurelian Mardiros, which fabricated the abstract sculpture, their very generous gift-in-kind, oversees the annual reconfiguration. Each configuration is detailed in the manual prepared by the park’s architect/designer.
The abstract sculpture is dedicated to lives lost in the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23 and all genocides that have followed. How fitting, that programs at the park begin in April with the Genocide Commemoration, planned by the Boston Armenian Genocide Committee and also the Walk Against Geocode, planned by the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur, which begins at the Holocaust Memorial and ends at the Park.
Programs during May showcase the Park’s two features, the Abstract Sculpture and Labyrinth, a circular winding path to celebrate life’s journey. A single jet of water at its center, representing hope and rebirth, reemerging from the Reflecting Pool upon which the Abstract Sculpture sits; Art, Service, Science, Commerce etched around its circle in tribute to contributions made to American life and culture.
The two-part ArtWeek Boston featured program on the first Saturday in May begins with World Labyrinth Day: Walk As One at 1, with all ages participating in cities and towns in 35 countries worldwide. For the first time, Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, joined this international initiative of The Labyrinth Society.
A reception to view the abstract sculpture’s new configuration follows the walk. Sarah Baker, Art New England editor, offered brief remarks including “I love this sculpture… this living piece of art.” Tea and Desserts were hosted by Eastern Lamejun Bakers and MEM Tea Imports.