Temporary Artworks – 2019

AMPlify Memories

While construction of the permanent site is underway, The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway has commissioned five artists to produce temporary artworks that will activate the area around The AMP from June through November, 2019.
These works, collectively titled AMPlify Memories will act as symbols of remembrance while provoking conversations and awareness, through painting, illustration, sculpture, music, and dance. The pieces will draw the attention of pedestrians through surprise, contemplation, beauty, or humor, and enliven the space with an element of the unexpected.

Clyde Petersen – Drone Butch Blues

The music of Drone Butch Blues is based on writings by historic and contemporary GLBTQI authors like David Wojnarowicz, Joan Nestle and Tom Spanbauer. Topics of secret and forbidden love, sex with strangers, the lives of hustlers, the lasting impact of AIDS, historic events and rebellions, are all interwoven with personal narrative and oral histories. The entire album will be performed on June 22 at Cal Anderson Park.

ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY: Saturday June 22 at 6pm
Cal Anderson Park, the lawn by the Shelter House


David Rue – A Physical Homage

The dancing body will be used to create a temporary living homage to those that dedicated their voice to the AIDS epidemic while also celebrating the lives of those affected by it. A series of curated pop up performances will exemplify the physical intersection of exuberance, effervescence, and resilience. 

One Performance Each Month will occur on 3rd Fridays at 5:30pm
Starting on June 21 in the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station
(Complete schedule will be posted soon.)


Gabriel Stromberg – Taking Shape

Starting with the pink triangle from the Silence Equals Death campaign, a sequence of forms progresses from contained and static geometry to compositions that are asymmetrical, fluid, and dynamic. The element of progression references the linear nature of perceived history, and symbolize the evolution of queer history.
Sited on fencing along Broadway, between E John St and Denny Ave E


Pete Rush – Condom Quilt

Alongside the rise of the AIDS epidemic was a sudden and widespread use of condoms. The natural act of having sex suddenly became a scary proposition for many. Condom wrappers attached in a patchwork quilt pattern will depict symbolic and human heart shapes, bringing joy and delight while transforming a symbol previously seen as a harbinger of doom, into something to be celebrated.
Sited on fencing along Broadway, between E John St and Denny Ave E


Timothy White Eagle – There Comes a Time When You Have to Give Them Back

In Apache tradition, the Gaan or Mountain Spirits are called to bring healing.  Dancers embody the Gaan wearing elaborate headdresses or crowns, and it is said that the moment the crown touches the head, the individual is gone and Spirit is now present. The artworks will be representations of loved ones lost to AIDS, with symbolic faces and crowns. The faces will be drawn with soluble charcoal paint, which will slowly fade while the permanent crowns remain.
Sited on fencing around the Chinese Scholar tree at the corner of Denny Ave E & Nagle Place