OOS Sculpture

Armenian Alphabet

2010 / Berj A. Shakarian / Cleveland

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The Armenian Alphabet and surrounding cultural garden was conceptualized by Cleveland's Armenian Cultural Garden Delegation in 2007 and installed in 2010. The garden's design takes the form of a symbol named "vesica piscis", which represents Christ as well as Armenia's historical and cultural identity as the first Christian nation. The Armenian Alphabet sculpture takes the form of stacked and staggered granite blocks, representing Armenia's mountainous terrain and turbulent political history. The Armenian alphabet was invented in 404 CE in order to translate the bible into Armenian, and the Armenian Cultural Garden Delegation describes this alphabet as the "secret code" that ties all Armenians together, defining their unique identity. The blocks are engraved with the names of 33 historical and contemporary figures known for their significant contributions to Armenian culture.

Location: Armenian Cultural Garden , 741 Martin Luther King Jr Dr

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Berj A. Shakarian, “Armenian Alphabet ,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed August 6, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/1870.

Title

Armenian Alphabet

Description

The Armenian Alphabet and surrounding cultural garden was conceptualized by Cleveland's Armenian Cultural Garden Delegation in 2007 and installed in 2010. The garden's design takes the form of a symbol named "vesica piscis", which represents Christ as well as Armenia's historical and cultural identity as the first Christian nation. The Armenian Alphabet sculpture takes the form of stacked and staggered granite blocks, representing Armenia's mountainous terrain and turbulent political history. The Armenian alphabet was invented in 404 CE in order to translate the bible into Armenian, and the Armenian Cultural Garden Delegation describes this alphabet as the "secret code" that ties all Armenians together, defining their unique identity. The blocks are engraved with the names of 33 historical and contemporary figures known for their significant contributions to Armenian culture.

Date

2010

Subject

Identifier

1870

Location City

Location County

Provider Qualifier

Donated by

Provider Entity

Carlos Bozoklian
Berj A. Shakarian

Location Street

741 Martin Luther King Jr Dr

Location Type

Installation Date

2010

Creation Date

2010

Materials