The AIDS Memorial Pathway has selected Portland-based Horatio Hung-Yan Law as lead design team for the mixed-media project planned to be installed in the plaza of the upcoming Capitol Hill
Station development.

The AMP is creating a memorial that tells the history of the the community’s response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ‘90s while also calling
attention to the ongoing fight to find a cure.

With support from Sound Transit and the developers creating the four seven-story mixed-use residential buildings above the light rail station, the memorial is expected to be installed in unison with construction.

Law was born and raised in Hong Kong, and came to the United States when he was 16.

His experience of the AIDS crisis in the ’80s and ‘90s led to his pursuing a master of fine arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, according to an AMP news release.

“Much of his Social Practice work stems from his Asian American identity and his experience as an immigrant and a former British colonial subject,” the release states. “His work interrogates the effects of our current culture of consumption and explores the invisible foundation of a community–identity, memory and history.”

Law has created projects for the City of Tacoma, Housing Authority of Portland, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle’s Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Oregon State Hospital and Tri-Met’s Portland-Milwaukee Light-Rail Line.

Fundraising continues for the memorial project, which has a budget goal of $2.5 million.

People can find more information and make donations at theamp.org. Learn more about the artist at horatiolaw.com.