NYC Aids Memorial Water Feature Design

The NYC AIDS Memorial, designed by Studio a+i, acts as the gateway into the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle. Delta Fountains was the Water Feature Consultant and equipment supplier for the project.

NYC Aids Memorial Water Feature

Memorial Water Feature

The granite tabletop water feature sits in the center of the Memorial. Engraved granite pavers surround the feature with more than 8,992 words, some of which include sections from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.

Memorial Water Feature

Protective Design Aspects

The edges of the fountain have small cut outs to discourage skate boarders from grinding on the granite and disturbing the memorial.

Table Top Outdoor Water Feature Design

New York Park Design

The 18-foot tall canopy and memorial space acts as the opening to a larger New York City park. The design is a powerful gateway design.

New York Park Fountain Designer

Reflections in the water

The canopy above create dynamic geometric shadows on the water feature that move throughout the day.

Memorial Fountain | Delta Fountains

NYC AIDS Memorial

New York City, NY


The NYC AIDS Memorial, designed by Studio a+i, acts as the gateway into the New York City AIDS Memorial Park at St. Vincent’s Triangle. The City wanted to remember the more than 100,000 men, women, and children it has lost during the history of the disease. According to the Memorial’s website, it was created to “recognize those we lost and the extraordinarily heroic effort of caregivers and activists who helped change the trajectory of the epidemic.”

The triangular park is an open space cut into New York City’s busy urban layout. The gateway features an 18-foot tall canopy sculpture and engraved granite pavers with more than 8,992 words, some of which include sections from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. A central granite water feature creates a serene environment for visitors to enjoy and create a unique visual from the light and shadows cast by the sculpture above. Granite benches allow park visitors a chance to rest and reflect. Immediately past the gateway lays another Delta Fountains’ water feature for the younger park visitors to enjoy.

NYC AIDS Memorial Water Feature

The granite table top water feature is in the center of the Memorial. Delta Fountains teamed up with Studio a+i to design the feature and manufacture the equipment. The water emanates through cut-out patterns along the top of the granite, spreads over the entire top to spill over the sides. The water is collected in a hidden stainless-steel trough below the granite feature. V-shaped cut outs along the outside of the feature were designed to discourage visitors from skate boarding along the edge.

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