Design Evoking Rebirth of Fire-Scarred Forest Wins Contest for Centerpiece of National AIDS Memorial Grove
March 25, 2005
Officials for a contest to create a centerpiece for the seven-acre National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, Calif., on Wednesday announced that two New York City-based architects have won the competition, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports. The National AIDS Memorial Grove was conceived in 1989 as a "living memorial" by a group of San Francisco residents whose partners, friends or relatives had died of AIDS-related causes and was given national memorial status in 1996, according to the AP/Chronicle. It is the only federally recognized AIDS memorial in the United States. The winning entry for the contest -- titled "Living Memorial" and created by Janette Kim and Chloe Town -- plans to use elements from a fire-scarred forest in an attempt to evoke a sense of "loss and renewal," according to the AP/Chronicle. The centerpiece would feature black carbon fiber trees, a "charred" wood deck and a burned, "bark-like" walkway that eventually would grow greenery, according to the AP/Chronicle. "While the design is at first frightening, it is also rich with the eventual triumph of life," Ken Ruebush, co-chair of the contest, said, adding, "In this way, it echoes the intentions of the Grove's founders."
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