"Little and Lewis"
of Bainbridge Island submitted the above concept for the proposed AIDS Memorial which has been placed on the Snohomish County campus.
In May of 2000, an idea was born, that all those who
have suffered from the HIV/AIDS epidemic should somehow
be memorialized. A group at the local "Underground Bar",
began a fund raising campaign for the project with shows
and auctions, etc. It seemed at the time, that the
cemetery would be a logical setting, since so many
afflicted with AIDS had died, so three plots were
purchased from Evergreen Cemetery in Everett. It was
understood at the time that the three plots plus one
donated by the cemetery would be located on a triangular
space near the entrance to the park.
For whatever reason, after having raised nearly $10,000,
the original project lost steam. Recently, the remaining
members of the AIDS Memorial Committee decided to get
the project back on track. Discovering that Evergreen
Cemetery had changed management and that the new
management did not seem clear on what or where the
memorial should be, perhaps not even sure they wanted an
AIDS Memorial on their grounds.
A new location for the AIDS Memorial was proposed - the
old Snohomish County Campus. A proposal was sent to the
County Executive and after some time, the AIDS Memorial
Committee was invited to meet with Snohomish County
Facilities Manager to discuss this possibility. That
meeting resulted in a proposed site choice on the
campus, the plaza west of the old Mission Building at
Pacific and Wetmore Avenue. The facilities manager
requested that the committee present a design of the
memorial for approval along with a statement of
financial viability to cover the cost of design,
creation and installation. He also asked for a
commitment on the part of the committee, to maintain the
memorial and to regularly schedule events centering
around the memorial.
On March 17, the AIDS Memorial Committee visited the
studio/gardens of "Little
and Lewis" on Bainbridge Island. George Little and
David Lewis have become well known throughout the
Northwest and beyond for their innovative and
beautifully crafted outdoor garden art. They create
columns, panels, plaques and walls with all sorts of
interesting shapes in concrete, to which they apply
textures and colors, often appearing to be on metal or
ceramic. A bit overwhelmed by all the possibilities
presented by Little and Lewis, the committee members now
have some ideas concerning the kind of memorial that
would best fit on the new county campus.
On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2005, the AIDS Memorial of Snohomish County was dedicated with a ceremony held at the site. Representatives from the county and state governments joined a crowd of local citizens at the Mission Building Plaza to confirm the pledge to remember those who have suffered from the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Everett Gayzette ::
The AIDS Memorial