YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–President Serzh Sarkisian Monday presided over the official unveiling of a statue in downtown Yerevan commemorating noted American-Armenian author and playwright William Saroyan.
The statue, located at a new semi-circular sidewalk plaza at the intersection of Mashtots Avenue and Moskovyan Street is the work of architects Ruben Hasratyan and Levon Igityan.
Sculpted by Davit Yerevantsi, it was the brainchild of Rafael Hovhannisyan, President of the Pan-Armenian Geographic Association. The project was supported by Armenian benefactors form the Diaspora and government funding.
“Saroyan’s monument stands next to a number of renowned figures ‘s Martiros Saryan, Aram Khachatryan, Komitas, Sayat-Nova, Yervand Kochar and Alexander Tamanyan. No one appeared here accidentally. None of them lived in this world in vain, as Saroyan would say,” Armenia’s Minister of Culture, Hasmik Poghosyan, said during the unveiling.