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Furnish unveils Aids/HIV memorial

The Aids memorial in Brighton
The Aids memorial is the work of sculptor Romney Mark Bruce

David Furnish, the partner of Sir Elton John, has unveiled an Aids memorial in Brighton which shows two intertwined figures soaring upwards.

The 11ft (3.3m) bronze sculpture, by Romney Mark Bruce, had run into financial difficulties but was finished after support from the local community.

Mr Furnish and Sir Elton are long-time supporters of HIV/Aids charities through the Elton John Aids Foundation.

A candlelit vigil was held later to remember those who have died from Aids.

Mr Bruce, who lives in Brighton, said the motivation behind his artwork was the death of his best friend, Paul Tay, in 1992.

"The unveiling will be an emotional time for me and many other people," he said.

"It's the only memorial of its type in the country and one of only a handful of sculptures in the world dedicated to Aids/HIV victims."

The artwork was funded via private donations through community projects.


David Furnish explains the significance of the memorial as a reminder that people are still dying from Aids

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