As the AIDS epidemic continues to impact communities across the country The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument in Lincoln Park (Los Angeles) continues to bring solace and healing to a community who lost their loved ones to AIDS.
On December 1st, 2004, after a years-long battle with opposition the first publicly funded AIDS monument in the nation was dedicated before thousands of supporters and community leaders. Today, The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument has over 360 names etched into it—the names of people who have died from AIDS complications.
The monument was designed by architect David Angelo and public artist Robin Brailsford. A community advisory board selected the site in 1993 based upon its rich cultural and artistic history with the Latino community and its proximity to the local AIDS Treatment Center at County USC Hospital, the Rand Schrader AIDS Clinic.
The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument was designed as a (Quetzalcoatl serpent, an Aztec symbol for rebirth. The monument consists of eight wall panels: six murals depicting life with AIDS in the Latino community and two granite panels that contain the names of individuals who have died from AIDS. The monument also includes a serene park setting with benches and an archway set in garden areas for personal meditation. The total size of the monument is about 9,000 square ft., with half of this area being developed as new landscaping.
Today, The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument is in the process of a renovation costing over $800,000. The funding of the renovation project comes from support from Los Angeles City Councilman Gilbert Cedillo and from Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Under the new renovation project led by Perry Cardoza of Nuvis Landscape Architecture, the plans call for a new irrigation system, fresh landscaping which will include fifteen fully grown trees, new walkways, and state of the art LED lighting.
TWLM is now accepting name submissions for installation on the monument. The process is open to anyone who has lost a loved one to AIDS or HIV complications throughout the world. There is no cost for the submission during this year. Names will be unveiled during a special dedication ceremony that will take place later this year.
The Las Memorias AIDS Monument is located in Lincoln Park, 3600 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041 and is currently going through a renovation slated for July 2020.