The vision of this proposed
sculpture is to connect people to the extraordinary accomplishment of a group
of citizens in Provincetown who created a pioneering system of support for
those affected by the crisis of AIDS. In addition, the work is intended to honor and
celebrate the many lives that were lost and to foster in the viewers feelings
(among others) of reverence and celebration.
There are three aspects to how this connection is
1. The circle of 10 figures is a symbol of the community of support
that was and continues to be created by the people and leaders of Provincetown
in response to the AIDS epidemic. It is this community that was the result of
their actions and commitment and it includes both those who support and those
who have survived. It is appropriate
that this symbol should be placed in the shadow of the town hall which is also
a symbol of the source of the community action. The form of the circle is a
universal symbol of unity, connectedness and wholeness.
2. The central element of the sculpture is a symbol of the AIDS quilts
that are a universal symbol memorializing those lost to the crisis of aids and
celebrating their lives. The vertical
form is one that is often seen in museums as the quilts circulate around the
world. The vertical format adds
visibility to the quilts allowing the colors to be evident when snow covers the
ground. The original quilts were 3 feet
by 6 feet and arranged in groups of 8.
The symbol at the center of the sculpture is 1/3 the size of the
original quilts and nicely fits within the footprint outlined in the program requirements.
rainbow colors of the figures and quilts are a bright, joyful symbol of
diversity, inclusion and of course of gay pride and are a central element of
all of my public art work.