Description 'Mother Armenia' s a monumental statue in Victory Park overlooking the capital city of Yerevan, Armenia.The current statue replaces a monumental statue of Joseph Stalin that was created as a victory memorial for the second world war. During Stalin's reign of the Soviet Union, Grigor Harutyunyan, the first secretary of the Armenian Communist Party's Central Committee and members of the government oversaw the construction of the monument which was completed and unveiled to the people on November 29, 1950. The statue was considered a masterpiece of the sculptor Sergey Merkurov. The pedestal was designed by architect Rafayel Israyelian. Realizing that occupying a pedestal can be a short-term honour, Israyelian designed the pedestal to resemble a three-nave basilic Armenian church, as he confessed many years later 'Knowing that the glory of dictators is temporary, I have built a simple three-nave Armenian basilic'. In contrast to the right-angled shapes of the external view, the interior is light and pleasing to the eye and resembled Echmiadzin's seventh-century St. Hripsime Church.In spring 1962, the statue of Stalin was removed, with one soldier being killed and many injured during the process, and replaced by the Mother Armenia statue, designed by Ara Harutyunyan.'Mother Armenia' has a height of 22 meters, thus making the overall height of the monument 51 meters, including the pedestal. The statue is built of hammered copper while the pedestal-museum is of basalt. The Mother Armenia statue symbolises peace through strength. It can remind viewers of some of the prominent female figures in Armenian history, such as Sose Mayrig and others, who took up arms to help their husbands in their clashes with Turkish troops and Kurdish irregulars. It also recalls the important status and value attributed to the older female members of an Armenian family. This photo from the public domain I blasted with my Photoshop skills to create this unique graphic.
Armen Kojoyian, NYC Member Since December 2007 Artist Statement Unique vibrant original art and photography by Armen Kojoyian™ displayed in these galleries show versatile talents from the fine art world to graphic design. Kojoyian's artwork in this Imagekind Gallery is expertly reproduced with fine archival inks on deluxe archival papers.
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