The first of several temporary installations designed as AIDS memorials was set up in Loring Park last month. Mollie O'Connor (above) designed the Loring Park Gathering Circle, using colorful fabric swatches to wrap trees with lines of poetry from Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden, and other poets. To mark off the space, she also planted violets in large arcs around the area. O'Connor says the gathering is a space for people to reflect on "grief, compassion, acceptance, and peace." She adds, "I wanted to carve out a somewhat intimate space in the park and create a celebratory space."
Three other temporary pieces will be installed during the summer and fall. Focus groups organized by Forecast Public Artworks, which is sponsoring the development of the memorial, will decide on criteria for the permanent memorial.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.
- A terrible Minneapolis park deal just got $2 million worse
Sat., Sep. 19, 12:00am
Sat., Sep. 19, 7:00pm
Sun., Sep. 20, 12:00pm
Sat., Sep. 26, 2:30pm
- Why you should never run over a kid while flying a confederate flag
- Minnesota has eighth most expensive cigarettes