The Monument represents all of us: those we have lost, all who are left behind; the community gatherings; the protest marches; the armies of caregivers; the endless donors; and the resilience of our spirit.
The movement of visitors through the trace field can be likened to walking through a grove of trees or a community gathering. Reverential in intent, immersive and layered with meaning, it invites exploration, allows discovery and seeks conversation.
The proposed site is a prominently-located section of land on the edge of West Hollywood Park and the busy San Vicente Boulevard. The Monument is of a scale that will demand attention from the street and engage people within the park itself. Its design will be an iconic, landmark image for the City of West Hollywood and a tourist destination. The Monument symbolizes the City’s history as a place of celebration and protest concerning AIDS and other civil rights and social issues, and will be a place where the community will gather in the future to celebrate its victories, demonstrate and advocate for greater change. It will sit comfortably within the context of the green space and have connection with the activities of the Library and the Community Center. The Monument could also reach out into the surrounding area with markers/signage that would connect with the community and encourage people to visit the site.
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