ALAN MARTINEZ, ARCHITECT
149 NINTH STREET, SUITE 205
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103
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The experience of death is always and experience of separation and exclusion.  I propose, as most of the Aids Memorial Grove is accessible to the living, to create a Grove primarily for the dead.  The living would only be allowed into the Grove at certain times, and there would be a rule of silence in the Grove. This new Grove will be set aside for the dead; in a sense, this Grove will be sacrificed to the dead.

There are two gates to this Grove for the dead: as the dead are accessible through memory and through death, I am proposing The Gate of the Dead and the Gate of Memory. The Gate of the Dead faces the meadow, at its eastern end.  The Gate of Memory faces the Circle of Friends.  The Gate of the Dead is covered with symbols of nature, a reminder that living and dying are natural and inevitable for all living things.  This gate, the symbol of death itself, should become a focus for the leaving of flowers and other perishable mementoes.  These should not be removed, but be allowed to accumulate.
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