Statement by the
"First we had to decide we wanted to work
together. Two strangers brought together by a friend. We
agreed to meet, to share tea and crackers. We talked about
sculpture, the Vietnam War memorial, and gardens.
Specifically, Claude Monet's garden at Giverny and the beautiful
green stakes used to support the plants. We talked about the
philosophical premise of the one and the many, site-specific
sculpture, collaborating, controversy, neighborhood,
We knew the Nazis imprisoned and killed
gays and lesbians: 5,000-15,000 people. We wanted to express
the loss abstractly rather than figuratively. We learned that
the United Nations was formed in San Francisco, and that without the
UN we might not have a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We wanted the sculpture to be contemplative. We wanted to
mourn the dead (past), to celebrate the living
(present), and to hope for those to come
When we started we didn't know exactly
what the memorial would look like. We did not know it would be
granite or how exactly the individual elements would sit on the site
in relationship to each other. We did not know how tall they
would be. We did not know how they would be installed.
We talked, we listened, we learned.
It has always seemed very difficult to
express anything about living and dying with a single object.
Perhaps this is because none of us would be here without the
collaboration between at least two people. The simple
definition of collaboration is to work with others. We hope
visitors to Pink Triangle Park and Memorial will:
• Respect each other as
this sculpture respects the site.
the softness of the plants and the firmness of the
• Locate the
softness and the firmness within themselves.
• Remember that
gay men wore pink triangles, lesbians wore black triangles, gypsies
wore brown triangles, Poles wore blue triangles, social democrats
and other political prisoners wore red triangles, and Jews wore
• Think about how
persecution of any individual or single group of people damages all
Biographies of the
Robert Bruce received his BFA from the University of Houston
in 1975. For thirty years he has been a multi-disciplinary
design professional. In 1982, he was one of the founding
members of STOP-AIDS San Francisco, and designed the STOP-AIDS
Susan Martin received her MFA from the California College of
Arts and Crafts in 1981, graduating with the highest honors.
Her sculpture has been exhibited both in the Bay Area and in New
York. She has received numerous awards such as the Lila
Wallace Reader's Digest International Artists' Program, Giverny,
France in 1992, and two Pollock-Krasner wards, one in 1987 and a
second in 1998.