By Michael Aram
This beautiful ornament replicates in miniature the exquisite 7 foot by 7 foot Eternity Sculpture featured in the Eternity Garden in front of NAASR's Vartan Gregorian Building and which was created by acclaimed artist Michael Aram. The Eternity Sculpture, fabricated in bronze, was a gift of the artist on the occasion of the opening of the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building in November 2019.
The Eternity sculpture is Michael Aram's interpretation of a traditional Armenian symbol of eternity as manifested in ancient Armenian architecture, sculpture, and manuscripts. The "Arevakhatch," or "solar cross" has been prevalent in Armenian culture since medieval times, and represents the concept of everlasting celestial life. The symbol is closely associated with Christian ideals of eternal life and salvation. Individual elements in the sculpture have various ancient symbolism which are favored by the artist. The central flower is Aram's interpretation of the Armenian wheel of eternity, which symbolizes the progressive movement of life, well-being, and divine light.
This beautiful ornament comes in a Michael Aram box with a description of the meaning of the ornament.