ABOUT THE MONUMENT
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 feet with half of this area being landscaping and green space.
In 2021, The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument completed a renovation costing approximately $850,000. The funding of the renovation project came 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 called for a new irrigation system, fresh landscaping which will included fifteen fully grown trees, new walkways, state of the art LED lighting, and new iron art details.
The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument is located in Lincoln Park at 3600 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031.
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