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PHOTO: Official Renderings Of The NYC AIDS Memorial Released


Even as the LGBT community celebrates the national sea change happening on marriage equality, we mustn’t forget our darkest times: The final renderings for the NYC AIDS Memorial have been released by Studio a+i, the design firm creating the unique monument. The main feature for the memorial is an 18-foot steel canopy, which will frame a granite fountain and benches, as well as commemorative text on granite slabs. (The text will be curated by Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner and local activists, historians and artists.)

To bring the project to fruition, the AIDS Memorial Park Coalition has launched a capital campaign, which has already received $975,000 of a projected $4 million.

Ironically, the park will be located just outside the former St. Vincents Hospital, where so many early victims of the plague were treated. St. Vincent’s was closed in 2010 and is swiftly being transformed into luxury apartments.

 A memorial in a city where the epidemic had such an impact is a no-brainer. But is the design too sterile and unspecific? Will passersby even think of the thousands who suffered and died, who faced discrimination and hatred, when they stroll by? Or will they think its just another piece of public art.

Play art critic in the comment section below.



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    • Scott

      That sure is a fancy bus stop (that’s what I’m looking at, right?).

      Mar 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      4 million would have bought alot of condoms and done more than this for the fight against aids movement…

      Mar 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Buzzct

      Maybe the previous comments were made by some people who don’t remember the whole plague. I do, and I think the location, in particular, is dead-on perfect. As the Village gentrifies and most of the middle class gays are forced out, I hope that many of the new ‘settlers’ will pause in passing, remember the sadness that preceded them, and be more favorable to supporting gay causes.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott

      Maybe the previous comments were made by someone who doesn’t remember the whole plague, but the first was made by someone who has lived with being positive every day for years now and who has devoted scholastic and charitable energy to making sure people don’t forget it. Not that you could have known any of that from my comment, much less in looking down on it. The article asked “But is the design too sterile and unspecific?” So yes, in a bus-stop-y way (sorry if that’s not reverential enough).

      Mar 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TVC 15

      @Scott: I agree. It looks like a fancy subway entrance/bus stop. $4 million, huh?

      Mar 29, 2013 at 5:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jjpca

      The location is not the issue. It’s the design; sterile and unoffensive. We certainly don’t want to offend the straights who settled into the world created by dead gays…

      Mar 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      I liked the mirrors-and-trees design a lot better, but it probably would have been too maintenance-intensive.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • javiere77

      This is not even the entry that won the competition! This is just crappy!

      Mar 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • javiere77

      Also, it cannot be called a park… it is just a slab of concrete!

      Mar 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran

      I agree with Scott. It looks like a glorified bus stop.

      Mar 29, 2013 at 8:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bellerophon69

      Given the magnitude of the AIDS crisis and the length of time that it has impacted the world, I have to say (with some irony) “It’s a lot smaller than I thought it would be.” The AIDS Memorial should be actually be a museum, not just a little fancy pavilion that could easily be mistaken for a bus stop, even if that is not the designers intent.

      Mar 30, 2013 at 12:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas

      I don’t like the design at all. It says nothing to me.

      Mar 30, 2013 at 9:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gppm1103

      It is like a lot of the Holocaust memorials. A lot of them are sterile and meaningless.

      Couldn’t they have put something a little more simple and meaningful, that people would remember those guys and others effected by the disease? Maybe something that shows they didn’t die for nothing…..?

      I don’t know what that would look like, but this is not it.

      Mar 30, 2013 at 10:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • marcopaolo

      Looks like a cabbage/coleslaw grater to me. What was the artist, or it a committee, trying to say?

      Mar 30, 2013 at 11:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas

      It’s a mediocrity. They deserve better.

      Mar 30, 2013 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Batchain

      It’s a ridiculous piece of “post-modern” trash and who is so grossly tasteless that they wanted a commemorative “thing” to a disease? Never a thing for polio, “spanish flu” or even ongoing diseases like heart disease and cancer. Fuck the whole “drama” craziness surrounding AIDS it’s just senselessly warped. And, judging from previous comments it’s “not enough” and ought to be bigger and better?
      Half the time it looks like a celebration!

      Mar 31, 2013 at 11:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      @Batchain: It’s not to honor the disease, but those who have died of it.Just as a war memorial is not to honor war, but those who didn’t return from it.

      Apr 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Batchain

      @hyhybt: Oh, I certainly realize it’s for those who’ve died and not the disease or, more precisely, those who are around to see it. It’s just my minority view that it’s garish and morbid.

      But judging by the comments thus far not only am I in a very small minority who feel as I do about the entire concept but it seems that most agree that the finished work is too diminutive in size and ought to have been constructed more on a scale comparable to Disney World!

      Apr 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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