Sunday, January 20, 2008

AIDS Quilt - The Power Plant Exhibit

On display are two pieces of the Canadian AIDS quilt. (Click all images to enlarge them)

A close up of a piece of one of the squares, a journal entry from the man who passed away.

This is meant to be the last square added to the quilt.

This is a close up of one of the patches and the individual pieces that make it up. Each square is 3' by 6', the size of a coffin. In the earliest days of AIDS funeral homes and grave yards would not take bodies that had AIDS for fear of catching the disease, so in some cases these patches are all that remain.

Here is another patch. There was a video accompanying the presentation explaining how the quilt is neutral, it is not a political tool. Catholic high schools that won't let AIDS education workers come in and talk about transmission, prevention and condom use will allow the quilt to be shown. It's a reminder that these people lived, had personalities, and a picture of their souls.

A picture of another piece of the quilt.

The last time the quilt was displayed in its entirety, in 1996 in Washington DC. Today it weighs over 54 tons and has over 40,000 pieces.

It was also a very cold day for skating.

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