AIDS Memorial Park
New York, NY
In 2011 The New York City AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition sought to honor the more than 100,000 men, women and children who died from AIDS. The site, at the gateway to the West Village neighborhood is also adjacent to St. Vincent’s Hospital, a site that is the most associated with the AIDS crisis in New York City. Francis Cauffman developed a design for the memorial that included an amphitheater framed by sloping and intersecting concrete walls that enclose a museum. Embedded in the concrete walls is a mosaic with 100,000 pieces of illuminated glass radiating every color of the rainbow. The design plans for the museum’s visitors to view small video screens that play recorded stories of affected members in the community.