Officials of the Ararat Home of Los Angeles are transforming a winding, tree-shaded sidewalk at this 10-acre retirement home and cultural center into an etched timeline spanning 5,000 years of Armenian history.
The $30,000 timeline, framed by red, blue and orange tiles representing the colors of the Armenian flag, documents Armenian history from the Bronze Age to the present. It will stretch 350 feet and contain 168 entries and graphics commemorating religious events, battles, scientific discoveries and more when completed in June, officials said.
On a recent morning, amateur historian Hagop Arshagouni, who conceived and designed the project, and other officials of the Ararat Home watched as workers used a high-powered machine to etch the timeline into the concrete.
"You know that Copernicus said the sun is the center of the universe in the 16th century. Well, Anania of Shirag had proposed the same thing in 610, 1,000 years earlier," said Arshagouni, proudly pointing out the entry.