WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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each year (with the help of a crane) to represent the evolution of the immigrant experience. Musser says that the inclusion of the labyrinth at Armenian Heritage Park invites all expressions of faith, culture, and ethnicity to walk the path of a diverse community together. However, the chief architect of the park, Donald J. Tellalian, AIA, says, "From my point of view, the biggest kick I get when I pass by is to see kids with their arms outstretched, racing around the labyrinth paths and squealing with delight." he enthuses. "For me, that's just as important as the thought- fulness of walking the labyrinth." Tellalian collaborated with a committee of a dozen varied citizens, from a university student to clergy members, a poet, and other archi- tects including Stantec, a civil engineering and landscape architecture firm in Boston, to devise the layout of the grounds. Large pieces of granite set in lawn form the pathways that lead visi- tors to the center of the labyrinth, where a single jet of water and a symbol of eternity can be found. "Within the context of the park and the celebration of the immigration experience, it's entirely appropriate to have a significant element like a labyrinth that represents the jour- ney of life," Tellalian says. In fact, Mace has been facilitating monthly walks at Armenian Heritage Park's labyrinth. "Every experience is so different," she says. "It's wonderful to see a stone design embedded in grass come alive and be so dynamic, when 20 people are walking it at a time. You can see the energy and the curiosity of not only children, but the adults as well." At a recent organized walk, it wasn't only tourists on their way to the North End or Faneuil Hall who traversed the labyrinth. "One partici- pant had a flashback into a childhood memory of walking with her 118 WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013

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