Marking the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases, Capitol Hill’s AMP Plaza will host World AIDS Day commemoration

The plaza’s andimgonnamisseverybody is a giant X made from speakers, a 20 foot by 20 foot structure, designed by artist Christopher Paul Jordan to represent X as a positive symbol turned on its axis to erode the perceived binary between HIV positive and HIV negative people and symbolizing a solidarity between the two.

As it prepares to move into a new home and leads the way in putting Capitol Hill’s newest community gathering space in motion, Gay City is planning to mark the 40th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic with a World AIDS Day commemoration Wednesday in the new AMP Plaza above Capitol Hill Station.

The December 1st will feature artists and storytellers impacted by the AIDS epidemic and a candlelight vigil led by The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan:

World AIDS Day at The AMP Plaza
Wednesday, December 1st 4 PM
920 E Barbara Bailey Way
Join us in person or virtually to commemorate World AIDS Day on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. This year, we mark the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of the AIDS epidemic. In remembrance, Gay City will partner with The AMP and community organizers to host a World AIDS Day commemoration. We will remember those impacted by AIDS and the importance of investing in research and prevention efforts.

CHS reported here on Gay City’s 26 years of service and plans for a new Capitol Hill headquarters on E Pine. Gay City has also stepped forward to help steward the new AIDS Memorial Pathway stretching across Capitol Hill Station’s plaza and Cal Anderson Park. Continue reading

Council committee OKs ordinance for AIDS Memorial Pathway art that will rise at center of Capitol Hill Station plaza

A Seattle City Council committee Thursday approved a key ordinance and got a look at the artwork being planned for the AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway project destined to be the centerpiece of the Capitol Hill Station plaza and connect the development to nearby Cal Anderson Park.

During the session, the council approved the use of “non city funds” and the donation of three major art components of the project funded by the AMP foundation set up to support the project. A requirement that the council and the Office of Arts and Culture work out a specific plan to pay for maintenance of the Memorial Pathway art once it comes under city control was also added to Thursday’s approval. The ordinance will now move on to the full council for a final vote in March.

The donations from AMP approved Thursday cover some $750,000 in art: Continue reading

More hate vandalism on Capitol Hill: City says AIDS Memorial Pathway installations torn down

“When thinking about a temporary art, I thought about the condom, and how, at the start of the AIDs crisis, it became this necessary evil. This thing that people had to utilize and it was a constant reminder of death, of infection, it was a killjoy in a lot of ways. I wanted to take that thing, which was a symbol of fear, and turn it into something of beauty. Now that we’re sort of past that hump and we can look back with more appreciation of the struggle everyone went through and feelings people had. I used about 1000 condoms between the four pieces.” — Pete Rush – AMP Broadway

Artwork installed for Pride around the Capitol Hill Station mixed-use development construction site was ripped down almost as quickly as it went up over the weekend. The city’s Office of Arts and Culture said it is working on getting the works replaced.

Work by artists including Gabriel Stromberg, Pete Rush, and Timothy White Eagle were ripped down in the vandalism. The installations are part of the project creating the AIDS Memorial Pathway, a walkway featuring artwork and tributes that will connect the mixed-use buildings to nearby Cal Anderson Park when it opens in 2020. Continue reading