Right in time for the Pride March, NYC is finally getting its first monument honoring the LGBTQ community. Yes, this seems long overdue, but just remember that Central Park still does not have a statue honoring women, for a little perspective.
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The LGBTQ memorial will be found in Hudson River Park and consists of a circle of nine boulders made of steel that are outfitted with slices of prismatic glass that will reflect rainbows onto the lawn. It’s reminiscent of Stonehenge or Easter Island, but just like the giant boulders in Central Park, you’re allowed to sit on these.
The artwork was announced last June by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and it was designed by Brooklyn artist Anthony Goicolea. “This stunning design complements the landscape and communicates a timeless message of inclusion,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This monument will serve as an enduring symbol of the role New Yorkers play in building a fairer, more just world.” And on Sunday, June 24, at 8am, it will finally open to the public.
The site will be located in the park beyond the West Side Highway between Bethune and West 12th Streets. If you want to go visit on Sunday, the new monument is less than a mile from the new starting spot of the Pride March route, at 16th Street and 7th Avenue. It’s also a few blocks away from Stonewall Inn, which became a national landmark itself in 2016.