MEMORIAL GATES

Constitutional Hill, London
1999

The form of these Memorial Gates serves to conjure up the diverse and pluralistic cultures they celebrate. For the deep-structure that underlines their gesture finds resonance in almost every culture: viz., the doorway, or darwaza – a portal signifying entrance and journey. Wonderfully expressive, it allows subtle allusions to the many diverse cultures embodied in these gates.

Thus the circular convex mirror in the center not only serves to anchor the whole composition , but could also be a metaphor for bindu (i.e., the mythical source of all Energy that lies at the heart of Buddhism and Hinduism).

So also the sweeping gesture next to it, reaching out into the sky, seems to evoke the desert landscape and crescent moon of Islam.- and the scattered holes, the islands of the Caribbean.

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