The Aids Memorial Grove

The AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park is simply breathtaking. I have tried to locate the memorial for some time but have gotten lost in between the Conservatory of Flowers and Hippie Hill, which is exactly where it lies. I visited the Memorial once before so I had a good idea of what it was like and what I was in for, but this time around was completely different than the first. It was so much more amazing than I remember. I went around 4:30 PM when the sun was just about to set and the lighting was just perfect. The last sunshine of the day peaked through the trees and highlighted each flowers unique form and color. The path lead you down to a circle of names of people who had been taken by their loved ones, and as you went further it brought you into a calm darkness under tall trees.

The AIDS Memorial grove

The AIDS Memorial Grove

The AIDS Memorial Grove “is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. For all the promising prospects on the horizon, AIDS continues to invade our lives, violate our past, and rob us of our comfortable assumptions about the future”.

Growing Tree

In late 1988, a small group of San Francisco residents representing a devastated community were looking for a positive way to express their collective grief. They envisioned a serene, natural setting suitable for memorial services or individual mourning and remembrance. From this initial concept, a team of architects, landscapers, designers, and lay people volunteered countless hours to create a living tribute to those lost to the disease.

Check out my Flickr set for more pictures!


4 responses to “The Aids Memorial Grove

  1. your pictures are beautiful! You really captured the feeling of being in the garden.

  2. The last photo is a totally awesome shot with the variety of colors within the photo.

  3. You are right about the Memorial being hard to find…it really is tucked away as are most things in the park. Were there any people there? I would be interested in knowing how many people check it out and if they are mostly tourists or families of AIDS victims or what.

  4. I love the pictures, and the whole Flickr set. You really made me want to go back there. It seems like a great place to go and reflect on this horrible disease and all of the lives it has touched.

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