July #114 : Everyone's a Critic - by Lucile Scott

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Southern Discomfort

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The Rath of Con


On the March!


AIDS Walk of Life

OOPS, They Did It Again

Read It and Weep

Legal Eye

Everyone's a Critic

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Aren't You Due for a Vacation?

Before Packing

Planning by Numbers

Cleared for Takeoff

Staying Healthy on Holiday


Welcome Home

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You Gotta Move It

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2 Is The Loneliest Number

C Note

New Kaletra, Nice to Meet Ya

Zerit Dosing

Take it From the Experts

Forbidden Fruit

Altared State

Inside Job

Publisher's Letter

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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July 2005

Everyone's a Critic

by Lucile Scott

The first national AIDS memorial

National memorials that strive for more than the blandly heroic tend to inflame Americans, and the first national AIDS memorial, set to grace a 12-acre grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is no exception. Big-name designers scoured 200 proposals before tapping one by New York architects Chloe Town and Jenette Kim that, so says Town, evokes a ravage-and-regrowth metaphor, using charred boards and carbon rods. But the true blaze roars among HIVers and critics. With the sponsoring National AIDS Memorial board reconvening June 8 for “further discussion,” POZ searched for higher meaning. 

Chloe Town, memorial designer: “The experience of walking through the poles and natural regrowth make it a living memorial.”

Paul Graham, San Francisco resident: “This is definitely a poor choice. It doesn’t reflect the figures and faces that the virus has killed. ”

Mark Jarombek, MIT architecture professor: “The design abstracts a human biological problem. It could be about anything. Maybe it’s even an evasion of AIDS.”

Thom Weyland, HIVer/memorial board member: “We need to get on the national radar. Yes, it’s scary and controversial. AIDS is controversial.”  —Lucile Scott

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