NYC’s First State LGBTQ Monument Will Be A Garden Of Rainbows

NYC’s First State LGBTQ Monument Will Be A Garden Of Rainbows
Design

The design of New York City's new LGBTQ monument was revealed during this year's Pride Parade

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 6 july 2017

In the wake of the New York City Pride Parade, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and the LGBT Memorial Commission announced the design for the first official New York State-commissioned monument honoring the LGBTQ community. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist Anthony Goicolea, the outdoor monument will be located in Hudson River Park in Greenwich Village and will be open to the public.

The monument will feature nine boulders, most of which will be bisected with laminated borosilicate glass. The glass in the stone will create small rainbows when the light refracts through it, turning the grass into a small garden of rainbows. The monument is meant to commemorate the 49 people who died in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016, as well as victims of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes.

While the rainbows symbolize the LGBTQ movement, the park was also chosen because of its history as a meeting place for LGBTQ people. “This monument will serve as a communal space filled with light, color, and hope where the visitors can sit, mourn, love, and remember for years to come,” Goicolea said.

Goicolea told the The New York Times that the idea behind the design is to create a space that helps people feel connected to one another as a community. “It feels like there are certain shapes and patterns that are encoded in our DNA as humans that transcend any particular culture and speak to how we are unified in the larger scheme. I wanted to create a space that feels familiar, even though it is new.”

There is no news as to when the monument will be completed in the park.

LGBT Memorial Commission

In the wake of the New York City Pride Parade, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and the LGBT Memorial Commission announced the design for the first official New York State-commissioned monument honoring the LGBTQ community. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist Anthony Goicolea, the outdoor monument will be located in Hudson River Park in Greenwich Village and will be open to the public.

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