|Panorama of the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts and the beautiful bridge and lake walk|
|The flaming saganaki!|
|The beautiful Phoenix Library...entire back wall is a|
panoramic view of the city
So Saturday morning, before we headed out to Tucson, Varouj took us to the Phoenix library which was just this amazing building...beautiful, modern but still organic in shape. I can't do it any justice in describing it, but here are the photos. It was really an architectural masterpiece that was so inviting that it just made you want to use the space. There was a special section for teens only, and when we walked through I noticed that kids could check out musical instruments if they wanted to play. Isn't that a cool idea? The space was amazing. I noticed this about Arizona architecture: they utilize the natural light and the position of the sun to either light, or cast shadows on the structures. So well thought out.
|Release the Fear - sculpture made of|
weapons of violence
|Beautiful Beads from Afghanistan|
|Checking out the handmade beads|
|My weakness - beautiful|
ethic beads from Africa
|is it a plant? Is it a horn?|
It's a fossil!
|Beautiful amethyst crystals|
|The back wall of the Phoenix library|
|My ever so talented nephew and godson, Varouj and me|
But that's not the only similarity. It's the creativity. I saw it in Varoujan this weekend. He is working on his
|This is the fossilized flower I was telling you about.|
As a pharmacist, his job didn't allow him the creativity that he needed. So after work he would find his creative release through music usually, or other projects. I remember going to the bead store with him when I was a kid. If my mom needed the perfect necklace to complement her outfit, he would make it for her. When my mother bought my dad a book on oriental rugs, he created a mini loom and learned the knotting techniques and wove mini versions of kilims in our kitchen. Varoujan is very much like that. He's a skilled woodworker, a builder, and has vision to see in his mind the way the completed outcome will turn out. Like the zeroscape he and my sister in law created in their front yard replacing the lawn with native, drought tolerant plants (and making look great!) Which is not always easy.
|Walking the bridge in Tempe with Var and Neddy|
On this 23rd anniversary of Babajan's passing, I'd like to share something he taught me.
|The 10 foot quartz crystal|
I miss you dad! And I'm proud of you Varouj! Thank you for sharing yourself with us this weekend - both of you!!