Planned for the Capitol Hill light rail station plaza in 2020, the art-filled walkway will tell the story of the epidemic in Seattle and King County.
The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway won’t be a typical monument, but a meandering walkway with multiple art installations designed to tell the story of the epidemic in Seattle and King County. Planning is still underway, but options include murals; seating areas; and the use of augmented reality to create spaces for reflection, share the experiences of those who lived through the crisis and commemorate some of those who were lost.
The location at the Capitol Hill light rail station plaza marks the heart of Seattle’s LGBTQ community and ground zero for the epidemic. The memorial will adjoin the northern edge of Cal Anderson Park, named for Washington’s first openly gay state legislator — who served in Vietnam, won two Bronze Stars and died of AIDS.
About 20 percent of the $2.9 million price tag has been raised. The balance is expected to come from a mix of government grants and private donors. Construction is set to start later this year, with completion in 2020.