As most of us were lining up for New York City’s annual Gay Pride March or find the best spot to watch it sashay down Fifth Ave and across Christopher St, the design for a permanent LGBT monument to “honor the fight for equal rights and remember victims of hate, intolerance and violence” was being unveiled by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
After the attack on Pulse nightclub in June of 2016, Cuomo formed “the LGBT Memorial Commission” and the request for designs for the new memorial to be built in Hudson River Park near the waterfront piers went out in October.
According to the New York Times,
In Mr. Goicolea’s design, the monument takes the form of nine boulders, some bisected with glass that acts as a prism and can emit a subtle rainbow.
“From Stonewall to marriage equality, New York has always been a beacon for justice,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “I am now proud to announce Anthony Goicolea’s stunning design for this monument — selected for the way it complements the landscape and communicates a timeless message of inclusion.”
Mr. Goicolea, a mixed-media artist in his mid-40s who lives with his husband in Brooklyn, said in an interview that the boulders were inspired by sites like Stonehenge and Easter Island as well as burial mounds and African stone circles. The artist, who was born in Marietta, Ga., to parents who had fled Cuba, said he was “constantly being influenced” by history on some level.
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