An artist's view of the proposed Armenian Genocide Memorial concept created by Catherine Menard and approved July 16, 2013 by the Pasadena Parks and Recreation Commission. [Image: Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee.]
Pasadena's Parks and Recreation Commission during its Tuesday night meeting unanimously approved the plans for an Armenian Genocide Memorial to be built in Pasadena's Memorial Park.
The project is expected to be completed by April 24, 2015, the 100th anniversary for of the genocide, in which, over a course of three years – from 1915 to 1918 – more than 1.5 million people died under the Ottoman Empire, of what is now the modern republic of Turkey.
Based on the design of the Art Center College of Design student Catherine Menard, the memorial will feature a carved-stone basin of water straddled by a tripod arrangement of three columns leaning into one another, where a single drop of water will fall from highest point every three seconds. Each "teardrop" will represent one life lost during the Armenian Genocide.
Although the current proposal has the memorial's placement near the northeast corner of Memorial Park, in Old Pasadena, the commission will recommend that the City Council consider instead a more prominent location, such as across the street from city hall on the opposite corner from the Robinson brothers memorial.
"The proposed memorial reflects global and international values of life, human rights, and deterrence of crime against humanity," said Judge Dickran Tevrizian, former Chair of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee. "It (the memorial) helps to promote peace and civility, and conforms to the shared values of members of the Pasadena community."
The current Committee Chair is former Pasadena Mayor and attorney William Paparian.
The design was chosen from 17 applicants reviewed by members of the Pasadena Genocide Memorial Committee, which included former Mayor Bill Paparian, former Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian and former state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino of La Cañada Flintridge.
The proposal along with the commission's recommendations now await being placed on the City Council's agenda for full Council consideration.
For more information about the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee please visit our website at www.pasagmc.org or go to our Facebook page at PASAGMC.