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AIDS Quilt 31

The collection of UK AIDS Quilts were made between 1989 and 1996 to commemorate friends, lovers and family members who passed away from an AIDS related illness during this time. You can zoom in to some of the specific details listed below.

The top left panel is for Malcom and has the legend: ‘I wish I had known you longer’.

The centre top panel has an abstract design of symbols.

The top right panel remembers Louise, with a vibrant pink flower above her name.

The centre left panel is for Robert Glassett. A small figure of Robert wears a badge with the text: ‘When I die bury me upside down so the world can kiss my ass’.

The bottom left panel is for David Von Richthofen. Below his name is the text: ‘Open the clouds I want to walk into the sun’.

The bottom right panel remembers Bob Townsend and features an image of rolling hills and a photograph of Bob.

The central bottom panel remembers All who Died Alone and Unmourned with a poem that reads:

‘Moist cheeks are wiped dry
You are held in red eyes
Heads bowed we stand proud
Friends since departed
Once more united.

Hands held in private sorrow
We mourn your passing, while
Remembering the Devil you were
We smile inside.

We know you & know you now
You are held in my hand
A Kodak moment, frozen,
Alive, smiling.’

The centre right panel remembers Steve Amaral a fashion designer who did not let his illness crush his soul.


Steve Amaral - David Von Richthofen - Bob Townsend - Malcolm - Robert Glassett - Paul Sykes - All who Died Alone and Unmourned - Louise

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