New York, New York
The Unfinished Surface
AIDS Memorial Park
The Aids epidemic is not over. Perpetual Anamnesis is a memorial to those New Yorkers who have died of Aids. The unfinished surface is to remind us that there is still a long way to go to combat the Aids epidemic. As progress moves forward in fighting the disease, the surface will acquire more limestone pentagons until the last one is placed resulting in a calm smooth limestone surface. The memorial park is comprised of four components-the unfinished surface, the park, the educational center, and the interior space of remembrance. The park is temporal having both day time and night time programmatic elements. The unfinished surface is a walk-able plane made from hundreds of pentagon pavers which have laser light embedded in them. At night these lights are pointed over the interior space of remembrance creating a cloud like image of 100,000 light points. 10 x 5th power = 100,000. The sum of the angles of a pentagon is 540 degrees. The perimeter of the unfinished surface is made of 185 pentagons equaling 100,000 degrees.
The park is minimal ground plane containing limestone pentagons and grass. The perimeter of the triangle is wrapped in street trees, creating a safe surround for the focal point which is the surface. Other elements in the park include water, sitting areas for viewing. The Aids education and community center includes a multipurpose room, offices, storage, café, and multi-media interactive education walls. The center is located beneath the surface in the existing basement. Ramps from the ground level take the visitor to the various program spaces and to the interior space of remembrance. The interior space of remembrance is the focal point of the Aids Memorial park-this is a place of silence with a view towards the sky during the day and at night a view of 100,000 light points. On perimeter of this space are flashing images of those known New Yorkers who have died of Aids. This is an interactive wall. For those unknown, blank panels will serve to remember them.