PRINT November 1964

The Making of “Sky Gate”

SKY GATE WAS NOT conceived as a sculpture but rather as a reconstruction and re-enactment of many meaningful experiences. Everytime I have found myself in the presence of seemingly lifeless and awesome land where soil, rock, snow and sky meet. I have been filled with an untold wealth. Somehow, the presence of man in the nakedness of nature, where time, space, distances are so actual, but so measureless, where the actual and the infinite are all the same, creates a strange situation. In such sparse and denuded regions there is little with which to identify. Yet, perhaps because of lack of identity, what is perceived, the immediate surroundings, the forms that occupy space become eminently meaningful. A curve, rounded by the winds of time; a harsh cut through the face of a cliff; the bold shape of a rock or of a crest; all this, and so much more, often assembled in a chaotic but always majestic arrangement, speak of a continuous present which we want to be part of ad infinitum.

Sky Gate was conceived for myself and for those who, upon seeing it, will know why I conceived it.

Roger Bolomey