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Medicine Wheel commemorates those lost to AIDS through art and public reflection

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World AIDS Day is December 1

Part art-installation, part public ritual, artist Michael Dowling's evocative Medicine Wheel has marked every World AIDS Day since 1991. This year's project, Luminaria, is a 22-foot lantern made out of portraits representing those affected by the disease. Two thousand paper birds hang from the ceiling, appearing to take flight into the Luminaria.

The exhibit will be open for all 24 hours of World AIDS Day. Attendees are invited to leave offerings such as letters or photos of those lost to AIDS, while dozens of professional artists present song, dance and other art forms as offerings within the wheel.

When and where: November 23-30, 9am-5pm. December 1, open for 24 hours, midnight-midnight. Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street, Boston. World AIDS Day vigil begins with a procession at 11:30 from Eliot Norton Park to the BCA. Free.

Learn more about other events commemorating World AIDS Day.