Gate of Paradise

Kunst en Bedrijf Nienoordcollege Leek 1996

A gate and two transparent ‘doors’, built out of glass bricks, designed for a high school. Inside the doors, a LED display is incorporated in every other glass brick. The open wires connect the displays both technically and visually. On the displays seemingly random letters appear which after a while turn out to horizontally, vertically or diagonally form a text together. The text stays put also for a random amount of time. Catchphrases and lines like “think for yourself”, “look around” and “tomorrow I’m gonna make it” come by, like directives to the students. When the gate closes, a text remains for the night and the doors light up blue from the insides.

Dim. 3,5 x 0,66 x 2,35 m
Glass bricks, aluminium, LED displays, computer


Commissioner: Bert van der Lingen, Nederlandse ambassadeur in Litouwen, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Den Haag
Production: Yens & Yens en CM3 custom-made
Construction: Bussel Engineering
Photography: Andries de Marez Oyens