The competition to design the National AIDS Memorial Grove Feature encourages entries that acknowledge, reinforce and complement the existing natural qualities of both the Grove and its setting within San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park. The spirit and goal of the competition are to create a design that will serve as the focal point and significant icon for the Grove. Entries should reflect respect for the surrounding landscape. Further the design intentions should have no negative impact on the adjacent Park in any physical or sensory way, or impede the current uses of the Grove for small and large-scale gatherings.
AIDS knows no class, geographic, or cultural distinctions in the United States or throughout the world. Therefore, the design of the new memorial feature should be egalitarian. The Grove itself was established as a living memorial, a continuously evolving landscape of memory, reflection and hope. The new Memorial should enhance the existing experiential qualities of the Grove for all those who visit it. The competition encourages the broadest possible range of creative thought.
The design is not restricted to a particular place in the Grove, and all ideas about location are welcome.
A successful design must be easy and inexpensive to maintain, as well as graffiti and vandal resistant. It must cost no more than $2 million to construct (not including design fees), and should respect the historical design intentions of Golden Gate Park. The memorial should be appropriate to the scale of its surrounding area. Please note that the scale of the Grove varies widely from section to section (see, The Site), and proposals will be judged accordingly. The design may be conceptually spiritual, but nothing of a specific religious nature is permitted in the park. The design should create a minimum of disruption of current landscaping features or vegetation.