Four Gates

Four Gates at Austin City Hall

Four Gates

 

Steel, wood, ink, chalk, hardware, 98″ x 120″ x 120″

Read my writing about the process of making the Four Gates:

Planning the piece

Getting the wood base cut

My inspiration for the sculpture Four Gates is from Mark Helprin’s novel The Winter’s Tale.

There is a short chapter at the end of the first third of the book, page 219, titled Four Gates. Here is an excerpt from the chapter:

“To enter a city intact it is necessary to pass through one of the new gates. They are far more difficult to find than their solid predecessors, for they are tests, mechanisms, devices, and implementations of justice. There once was a map, now long gone, one of the ancient charts upon which colorful animals sleep or rage. Those who saw it said that in its illuminations were figures and symbols of the gates. The east gate was that of acceptance of responsibility, the south gate that of the desire to explore, the west gate that of devotion to beauty, and the north gate that of selfless love.

The steel circles have four different diameters, 78″, 84″, 90″, and 96″ so that four different average sized adults can stand in the circles and expand the geometry of their reach to their biggest selves, as in Vitruvius’ drawing.  I inscribed on each of the four gates a section of the sentence above.  After conversations with friends, I chose the North Gate, that of selfless love, to be the largest. The largest and the smallest are opposite each other, and the two middle sized are opposite each other. When four people expand themselves inside the circles, they create a sculptural human community.

This sculpture was the focal point of the show. The “Four Gates Drawings” were made from these circles laying down on paper.

 

Four Gates from the East

Four Gates from the East

Sacred Space at the Dougherty Art Center

Four Gates from the West

Large Metal Circular Sculptures Installed

Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell

Liana Putrino, Megan McIlwain and Katy Hirschfield in the gate of beauty sculpture, Sacred Space Art Party

Liana Putrino, Megan McIlwain and Katy Hirschfield in the gate of beauty, of course