The Vancouver AIDS Memorial has certainly come a long way since it was originally proposed in 1994 and completed some ten years later. Now, five years after its completion, the Memorial stands in remembrance of those men and women from around British Columbia who lost their fight with AIDS.
Located on Sunset Beach, a short walk from the Stanley Park seawall, the memorial was constructed from twenty rust-oxidized steel panels with the names on the panels cut into the panels using a high pressure water jet cutting process. The final panels were installed in 1996 and the memorial now contains more than 1,000 names.
Along with the etched names, running across the top of the panels is a portion of a poem by Spanish philosopher, poet, essayist, and novelist George Santayana.
The Vancouver AIDS Memorial Society continues to look for donations to help retire its construction debt and to continue funding its annual AIDS Memorial and Candlelight Vigil which occurs each May.
Visit http://aidsmemorial.info for more information.