The New York City AIDS Memorial's Board of Directors unveiled their latest renderings for the design of the memorial on Wednesday night:
The effort to build the memorial, which
started in 2011 as a grass-roots advocacy campaign led by two young men,
Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn, will feature an 18-foot steel
canopy as the dramatic gateway to the new St. Vincent's Hospital Park at
the intersection of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in the West
Village neighborhood. The memorial also will feature a central granite
fountain, granite benches and a granite paving surface carved with
educational and commemorative text. The text will be curated by a team
of historians, artists, community members and activists led by Pulitzer
Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner.
"The goal of the capital campaign is $4 million, with donations from
both the private and public sectors," said Keith Fox, President, NYC
AIDS Memorial Board of Directors. "To date we have already received
$975,000 in private commitments needed to fund the design and
construction of the new memorial."
The private funding has come from generous gifts across the LGBT and
AIDS communities, including an important lead gift of $250,000 from the
Arcus Foundation, and a $105,000 grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights
AdvertisementThe NYC AIDS Memorial organization, which is responsible for raising
funds for the design and construction of the memorial, is also seeking
funding to provide for the memorial's ongoing maintenance and public
programming. The objective is to utilize the site to teach current and
future generations about the history of the AIDS crisis and the ongoing
struggle to defeat the disease.
The memorial will be constructed by the Rudin-Ofer Development Team
alongside a new park that is part of the redevelopment of the former
hospital complex. "We are proud to work with the New York City AIDS
Memorial organization to deliver a beautiful new park to the
neighborhood and a fitting tribute to the important role St. Vincent's
and the local community played in the fight against HIV/AIDS," said Eric
Rudin, President of Rudin Management.
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