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New York Unveils a New Monument Commemorating Pulse Shooting Victims

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Yesterday, New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed the design for a public monument “honoring the LGBT community, those lost in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting … and all victims of hate, intolerance and violence.” The park will sit at the western edge of Greenwich Village, in the Hudson River Park of Manhattan, and will feature “nine modified boulders, some of which are bisected with a clear, laminated, borosilicate-glass” that will “create subtle rainbow patterns on the surrounding lawn and nearby objects.”

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An artist rendering of the approved monument

Immediately following the Pulse nightclub tragedy, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order to create a commission tasked with building a memorial for the victims. The commission began accepting proposals in October 2016 and chose the winning design based on its creativity, originality and clear interpretation of the theme as well as its site compatibility and ability to be built.

The governor’s office said that the winning design — created by openly gay Cuban-American artist Anthony Goicolea — will workin harmony with the existing attributes of Hudson River Park and promote thought and reflection while encouraging people to unite in a communal environment.”

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The location of the approved monument

The governor’s office added:

“This stunning design complements the landscape and communicates a timeless message of inclusion, and this monument will serve as an enduring symbol of the role New Yorkers play in building a fairer, more just world. From Stonewall to marriage equality, New York has always been a beacon for justice and we will never waiver in our commitment to the LGBT community and to creating a more just and inclusive society. This new monument will stand up for those values for generations to come.”

It’s unclear when the monument will be completed.

In 2012, New York City approved the design of an artistic AIDS Memorial constructed at 12th Street and 7th Avenue. The original design was a inward-facing mirrored triangle set amongst numerous tress to create the appearance of an “infinite forest,” but the current design is an open air canopy that features words from gay poet Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”