Artist Gaspar Gharbyan finished the meticulous restoration process after the memorial outside the Colorado Capitol was damaged during the summer of 2020.
Author: Corky Scholl, Wilson Beese (9NEWS)
DENVER — As another humanitarian crisis unfolds thousands of miles away in Ukraine, it serves as a reminder of all the times before we promised to never forget.
The ‘khachkar’ memorial at the Colorado State Capitol is dedicated to the Armenian genocide that took place before World War I. The sculpture, which was first unveiled in 2015, was vandalized in the summer of 2020.
This week, artist Gaspar Gharbyan flew out from California and restored the memorial.
Gharybyan had to work meticulously to avoid causing even more damage to the memorial, which was also caused by good Samaritans who tried to clean off the graffiti.
Gharybyan said he takes pride in restoring a monument that carries significant meaning for many.
“While I’m renovating it, cleaning it, I’m feeling very touched,” he said. “Especially when I understand people will see it and it will touch their feelings as well.”