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Re: Doors, Entrances, Gates, etc.

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Tue, 6 Apr 1999 16:10:47 -0700 (PDT)

Several messages to this list have recently taken up the issue of door
art. I think it would be worthwhile to broaden the scope of this
worthwhile issue to consider gateways, entry arches, entranceways, and so
on. Our lives are punctuated by periods we deem meaningful--school years,
apprenticeship, marriage, job tenure, and so on. And the passages between
these periods are sometimes marked by ceremonies and mementos that help us
commemorate both what we have been and what we are going to be--bar
mitzvahs, first communions, marriage ceremonies, retirement parties,
graduation ceremonies, and so on. Various entranceways that are made
special by artistic effort are, in a way, the spatial equivalent of these
temporal passages. They call attention to where we are and where we are
about to go. Think of the entrance to Trajan's Forum (see the
Philosophers' Forum site at this Web address), or the the great bronze
doors to the Baptistry in Milan, the Propylaea entrance to the Acropolis,
the Lion Gate in Mycenea, the Arc de Triomphe, The "Golden Gate" and so on
and so on. I think there are some wonderful classroom projects that could
be formed around the theme of "doorways" broadly understood. And maybe
there are even some doorways in the school that could be designated for
creative transformation.
One of my favorite passageways, by the way, is a tunnel between
the parking garage and the University of Washington Medical Center. It is
designed to look light and airy, like a vine-covered arcade, and there is
a tape loop constantly playing realistic birdsongs as one walks through.
It really boosts one's mood in leaving the hard concrete of the
underground parking garage on one's way to the stressful but hopeful
atmosphere of the hospital.
Other great passages, anyone?

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