Situated in the heart of Greenwich Village, one of New York City’s most vibrant and historical neighborhoods, is the projected new site of the New York AIDS Memorial.
The memorial is set to commemorate the nearly 100,000 deaths resulting from the AIDS outbreak with a triangular archway 18 feet high that will greet visitors into a 1,600 square foot triangular park.
The structure has been designed by the leading architectural firm Studio a+1 who designed the space with a modern emphasis on integration with the environment.
The memorial will be situated on the backdrop of St. Vincent’s Hospital, home to the world’s first AIDS ward that responded to the AIDS crisis by providing people with the care and treatment they needed, in a time of great uncertainty and rejection from most medical institutions.
Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer prize winning playwright for the groundbreaking play on AIDS, ‘Angels in America,’ will lead a committee of historians, artists, community members and activists to curate the Memorial’s narrative surface with poems and quotes and other inspiring anecdotes.
In addition to serving as a quiet reflective space, complete with a central fountain and areas to contemplate the loss of loved ones and the continuing AIDS pandemic, the memorial will also fund educational programming to inspire future activists to keep the fight against AIDS moving forward.
Thus far, the AIDS Memorial Coalition has successfully garnered $3.5 million and a projected $500,000 away from acquiring all the funding needed.
Construction is set to begin this summer and should be completed late 2014.