PHOTO: New AIDS Memorial
Greenwich Village will soon become the home to one of the country’s first memorials to AIDS. In many ways, the community was an epicenter of the disease in the early years – as it was home to so many writers, artists, performers and gay men who were first impacted by AIDS in the early 1980s.
The architects at Studio a+1 have released the new design for the memorial, along with a statement: “The act of memorializing the AIDS epidemic with a physical gesture goes beyond remembering and honoring the dead. AIDS is not a war, nor a disease conquered. There are no definite dates or victims. In our design process, we emphasize the changing and varied ways through which AIDS affects us personally and as a society. It is important to create a space that conveys our sense of solemn respect, remembrance and loss, without resorting to symbolism around a date, image or names.”
What do you think of the design?