A design called "Infinite Forest" featuring a grove of trees placed amid mirrored walls was chosen as the winner of a competition to create a memorial for the approximately 100,000 New Yorkers who died from AIDS. But site developer Rudin Management is discounting the contest entirely, and saying that they will go forward with their own plans for the park, based on a design by landscape architect Rick Parisi.
Entries for the open (and moot) competition haled from 26 U.S. states and 32 foreign countries, but the winning architecture firm Studio a+i is located in Brooklyn. The triangular park across from the former site of St. Vincent's Hospital would contain a grove of white birch trees bound by three walls whose interiors will be mirrored and exteriors clad in granite. The design calls for no names of AIDS victims inscribed on the walls of the memorial. Instead, visitors would encouraged to write the names of lost loved ones on the walls with chalk, which will be washed away naturally by the elements.
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