First Glimpse of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington This Week
June 28, 2012
It's hard to believe that what started with a single panel has now grown to become the world's largest work of living folk art, now 48,000 panels and counting. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is now an enormous 1.3 million square feet (50 miles) and 54 tons, making it no longer possible to display in a single location all at once.
Bringing all 48,000 panels of The Quilt to Washington this summer is no small task, as noted in USA Today just last Friday, but The NAMES Project Foundation -- 17,000 staff and volunteer hours later -- is doing just that. We will see the first part of The Quilt starting this week, with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicking off on Wednesday, June 27.
In order to make all 48,000 panels available for the public to see in Washington, D.C., this summer, it will take more than 60 distinct displays in numerous locations over the course of 31 days:
Also at the Festival, for the first time the Digital Quilt will be available to the public on large touch screens. In addition to browsing images of each panel with the touch of a finger, visitors can contribute stories and comments, enriching The Quilt in real time, and a mobile web app will allow visitors to locate specific panels in D.C. The digitization of The Quilt will transform the longest running folk art piece into a social, crowd sourced project.
There are still many opportunities to get involved with The Quilt this summer whether you live in Washington or elsewhere. Updated information about The Quilt's return to the nation's capital and related events can be found at Quilt2012.org.
This article was provided by HIV.gov.
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