Mapping Loss

Take a look at this zoomable image of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The last time it was displayed in full was 1996, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The quilt weighs over 54 tons, and as of 2010, was the largest art piece in the world. Each panel is 3×6′ – the size of an average grave plot in the United States. Inspiration for the project came from Cleve Jones, as he walked the streets of San Francisco by candlelight after Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor Geroge Moscone’s assassinations. There are over 94,000 names on this quilt.

Here, like on the National Mall in 1996, you can see them all.

“Microsoft Research Connections partnered with the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab, Brown University, University of Iowa, National Endowment for the Humanities, NAMES Project Foundation, and others to create several interactive digital exhibits that allow the public to explore the largest work of community-created folk art in the world.”


This entry was published on August 10, 2013 at 14:55. It’s filed under Get Inspired, Look, World and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Mapping Loss

  1. amydaugustine on said:

    It’s been years since I’ve seen the quilt in person, and well over a decade since I stitched a panel for one of my dearest friends. Comprised of so many individual stories and lives, its collective power cannot be overstated. An amazing, heartbreaking, inspiring tribute.

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