Rock it Red! St. Pete will present a public art installation along Central Ave and on buildings and monuments through the city. Artist Jim Buresch will direct volunteers who will wrap 170 tree trunks from 16th to 31st streets on Central Avenue with red fabric; creating a conceptual 1.25 mile long RED Ribbon in honor of World AIDS Day.
Partners throughout St. Petersburg will turn their structures red through lighting, balloons, streamers, or other means on the night of December 1st.
A candlelight vigil and commemoration ceremony at the LGBT Welcome Center, 2227 Central Ave. beginning at 6:30 p.m.
World Aids Day started as “A Day Without Art” and the temporary art installation will later become community-created folk art as 50 memorial sections will be laced together producing an “AIDS Wall of Remembrance” to honor bay area and Florida loved ones.
Founder and organizer Jim Buresch states, “It is estimated that nearly one percent of Americans are HIV positive, however nearly a quarter of them are not even aware that they carry the virus. Early detection is essential to slowing the potential development of AIDS and AIDS related illness.”
St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the umbrella organization, collaborating with the St. Petersburg LGBT Welcome Center, the Grand Central District Association, and the United Nations Association – United States of America (UNA-USA) Tampa Bay Chapter.
The collaborative is seeking contributions and sponsorships to fund the installation.
Donations may be made on the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance website. Volunteers for the installation, and ambassadors are needed to assist visitors during the evening. Please contact Jim Buresch, firstname.lastname@example.org