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Migrations

(Armenian Genocide Memorial)

 
 
Migrations plaque image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 29, 2019
1. Migrations plaque
Inscription.  
Stainless steel, bronze
Michael Aram
American, born 1963
Gift of the artist, 2015

This piece commemorates the Armenian genocide of 1915. The work symbolizes the “migration” of souls, of spirit, and of place. The shape references “khatchars” – medieval Armenian stone cross markers. Aram’s “Khatchar”: has a void in the shape of former Armenian provinces. The map is turned on its side, signifying upheaval. The missing piece suggests the emptying of Armenians from their homelands. Birds symbolize the souls of the dead, separation, faith and a return home – even to the destroyed nest. The mirror image of ourselves in the piece invites reflection of shared family histories and serves as a testimony to the successful journey of those who survived.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters.
 
Location. 40° 44.701′ N, 73° 58.532′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Second Avenue north of East 34th Street, on the right when traveling
"Migrations" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 29, 2019
2. "Migrations"
north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 630 Second Avenue, New York NY 10016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Father Damien (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Murray Hill WWI Memorial (about 600 feet away); St. Vartan’s Park (about 700 feet away); Malvina Hoffman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sniffen Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); E34th Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Memorial Light (approx. ¼ mile away); 152 East 38th Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Armenian Genocide. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on July 28, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
St. Vartan Cathedral of the Armenian Orthodox Church and complex, 630 Second Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 9, 2010
3. St. Vartan Cathedral of the Armenian Orthodox Church and complex, 630 Second Avenue
The sculpture is in the church plaza.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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