TAY - The Brighton and Hove Aids Memorial by Romany Mark Bruce 2009
The TAY Brighton and Hove AIDS Memorial at New Steine Square / Gardens [map], Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK. The cast bronze [construction details] sculpture was created by local artist Romany Mark Bruce. The entwined spirits echo the shape of the AIDS awareness ribbon. The artwork is named after the sculptor's best friend, Paul Tay, who died in 1992.
The memorial was the the first in the UK, and entirely privately funded. With the notable, honorable, exception of NatWest Bank - Corporate Britain stayed away from sponsorship in droves. Kemptown (the part of Brighton where the sculpture is located) has historically had a large gay population. In the days when homosexuality was effectively illegal (for several centuries until 1967 in England and Wales - and with age parity only achieved since 1997 onwards) secret signs had to be used to denote homosexuality. Locally, one such "sign" was the wearing of white socks.