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“Surgical Intervention” wall

One of Gyumri’s notable attractions is the “Surgical Intervention” wall. Created in 1998, this wall was patched by sculptor and artist Albert Vardanyan during the Gyumri Biennale, and it is situated on Varpetats Street. Albert Vardanyan took on the task of drawing attention to the buildings that were devastated by the earthquake, using his artistic vision to architecturally mend the damaged section of the building.

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The sculptor reminisces, “Photographer Hayk’s wife, tailor Anahit, was sewing on a sewing machine, and we were sewing the wall outside.” This creative endeavor has become a unique and iconic feature in Gyumri. Among the local residents, it is more commonly known by the name “Karktats Pat.” The “Karktats Pat” wall stands as a testament to the resilience and creativity of the community in the face of adversity, showcasing how art can contribute to the healing and rebuilding process after a disaster like an earthquake.

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