One chilly day in November during the early 90-s I was sitting in the Republic Square and looking at the empty platform where a year or so ago Lenin's statue was. The space was empty. So I thought it would be a great spot to have a large banner that would scroll advertisements.
A decade later, a large screen TV was installed at that spot that ran advertisements. (The image courtesy of Blogrel.com)
There has been some controversy about it as people felt it was inappropriate. I never felt like it. If that spot could generate money and did no harm, why not? It was not an eye sore, and if the volume could be turned off after dark not to disturb the peace, I would not have a problem with it.
Well, the good times are over. The ads have stopped generating enough revenue to justify the costs of upkeep (or so they say). There is a contest to install another statue in that location.
I disagree with that. We have already had a statue of an idol there. We do not need to do that again. Just leave the space empty. Have a green law, or another fountain with benches around it so that the people can sit and relax.
We all know that there are not many places left in Yerevan where one can sit and relax.