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Thursday, December 1, 2016
New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St Vincent's Triangle is dedicated on World AIDS Day 2016
Thursday, December 1st 2016, marks the public dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial and the City-wide World AIDS Day ceremony. Paul Kelterborn and Christopher Tepper, Co-Founders, will join Keith Fox, Board Chair, formally dedicated the memorial.
The public dedication marks the culmination of over five years of planning and development to build the memorial, which involved significant private and public support. The Memorial project was launched in 2011 to recognize and preserve the history of the AIDS crisis through the creation of a memorial to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, and to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists who responded heroically to the crisis.
The public dedication and City-wide World AIDS Day ceremony will be hosted by the New York City AIDS Memorial Board of Directors, the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the New York State Department of Health.
The Memorial is located in a new park, officially named the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle, and is the first significant public space dedicated to the AIDS epidemic in New York City.
NYC AIDS Memorial launched an international design competition in November 2011. Studio ai, led by Mateo Paiva, Lily Lim and Esteban Erlich, won the competition to become the park’s architect. Their design features an 18-foot steel canopy as the dramatic gateway to the new St. Vincent’s Hospital Park in the West Village.
The NYC AIDS Memorial also features the work of world-renowned visual artist Jenny Holzer. The engraved granite pavers includes sections from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. The Memorial also includes a central granite water feature and benches and will serve as the gateway to the new park.
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