National AIDS Memorial Design Competition

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National AIDS Memorial Design Competition

Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:23 pm

The competition to design the National AIDS Memorial Grove Feature encourages entries that acknowledge, reinforce and complement the existing natural qualities of both the Grove and its setting within San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park. The spirit and goal of the competition are to create a design that will serve as the focal point and significant icon for the Grove. Entries should reflect respect for the surrounding landscape. Further the design intentions should have no negative impact on the adjacent Park in any physical or sensory way, or impede the current uses of the Grove for small and large-scale gatherings.

AIDS knows no class, geographic, or cultural distinctions in the United States or throughout the world. Therefore, the design of the new memorial feature should be egalitarian. The Grove itself was established as a living memorial, a continuously evolving landscape of memory, reflection and hope. The new Memorial should enhance the existing experiential qualities of the Grove for all those who visit it. The competition encourages the broadest possible range of creative thought.

The design is not restricted to a particular place in the Grove, and all ideas about location are welcome.

A successful design must be easy and inexpensive to maintain, as well as graffiti and vandal resistant. It must cost no more than $2 million to construct (not including design fees), and should respect the historical design intentions of Golden Gate Park. The memorial should be appropriate to the scale of its surrounding area. Please note that the scale of the Grove varies widely from section to section (see, The Site), and proposals will be judged accordingly. The design may be conceptually spiritual, but nothing of a specific religious nature is permitted in the park. The design should create a minimum of disruption of current landscaping features or vegetation.

We challenge competitors to create compelling visions for a new memorial feature within the Grove in Golden Gate Park. Because the effects of the AIDS virus are so varied, and those affected by it are from such diverse walks of life, we believe that it is important to respect visitors' needs to experience the Grove in a variety of ways. Therefore, the goal of the competition is to create a memorial feature that will:

Memorialize those lost to AIDS
Stimulate creative thinking on memorializing AIDS
Promote hope, healing, and remembrance for those touched by AIDS
Increase awareness of the global tragedy of the AIDS epidemic
Educate the public about AIDS
Ensure that lessons learned are not forgotten
Raise awareness of the Grove as a national treasure
Provide a provocative and beautiful feature within the Grove's landscape
Secure, through design acclaim, the care of the Grove into the future


Type: open, one-stage
Registration Deadline: December 1, 2004
Submission Deadline: January 7, 2005
Open to: All
Entry Fee: See below
Awards: US$10,000 Total
Jury: Toshiko Mori, Walter Hood, Mary Miss, Joseph Rosa

Registration Deadline - December 1, 2004
$100 individual and team entry fee
$250 studio entry fee

Late Registration Deadline* - December 24, 2004
$150 individual and team entry fee
$350 studio entry fee

Questions Deadline - November 1, 2004
Answers Posted
Beginning - October 1, 2004
Ending - November 15, 2004
Submission Deadline* - January 7, 2005, 5 p.m. (PST)
Jury - January 14-15, 2005
Exhibition and Formal Winner Announcement - Spring, 2005


For more information or to register, contact:
Reed Kroloff, Professional Advisor
National AIDS Memorial Grove
856 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Email: designcomp@aidsmemorial.org
Website: http://www.aidsmemorial.org/competition/index.html
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