New Sydney Artwork To Memorialise People Who Lost Their Lives To AIDS

Written by Staff Writers
Category: Arts Published: Monday, 21 June 2021 16:43

A garden within a garden will be installed in Green Park, opposite St Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney) to commemorate those who have died from AIDS and HIV-related illness.

Memory Weave is commissioned from City Of Sydney, and is by artists and architects Vesna Trobec and Russell Rodrigo from Studio Trobec.

The project came about as a result of a 2019 petition from the Darlo Darlings asking for a memorial to tribute these lost lives. The City Of Sydney went ahead with the artwork.

“Green Park holds special significance for the LGBTIQ communities of Sydney. It has long been a symbolic place to those who have lost family and loved ones to HIV and AIDS,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore says. 

“Its location, close to St Vincent’s Hospital and the hospice where many people were cared for, means Green Park continues to represent a place of remembrance and healing. 

“We are pleased to be able to formalise this element of the park, with the commissioning and selecting of this significant artwork as part of our recognition of the tragic losses suffered by many in our communities.”

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Image © Russell Rodrigo and Vesna Trobec

The artwork will take the form of a three-dimensional quilt, featuring a timeline of historical events and text denoting individual experiences.

“Memory Weave is an open-ended narrative resonating with many stories and many voices,” Vesna Trobec and Russell Rodrigo say.

Memory Weave will be built from finishes such as Corten steel, copper and concrete.

Work on Memory Weave will start later this year.

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