Provincetown, MA
United States
Town Hall, 1 Ryder Street Provincetown AIDS Memorial since 1 December 2018
without names
Front View of the proposed painted aluminum sculpture - 10' high on a 15' concrete base
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 made:
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.
3.  The 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.
Drawing (c) Peter W. Michel

3 September 2016
Peter W. Michel, Fayetteville, NY