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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009



Type Sculpture

     Two Y-shaped uprights supporting three cross members forming Japanese style open gate.
     Threshold was sponsored by the Forestry Commission and engineered by Ove Arup. The sculptor, Andrew Darke, looked to Japanese calligraphy: 'For me, some Japanese calligraphy has a strong three-dimensional flavour - I imagine the characters as though they are free-standing. I wanted to create a Torii Gate which would appear to be drawn in the sky in two dimensions when seen from the long front view and which would reveal unexpected sculptural forms as the viewer moved around it. In Japanese culture, the Torii Gate is associated with Shinto temples and to go through one is an act of mental and spiritual purification.'
     Threshold was one of a number of sculptures commissioned for the Garden Festival of Wales in 1991/2 and some works remain on site.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Darke, Andrew Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Threshold English Oak / Douglas Fir 1000cm high x 400cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • Graffiti
Road A4046
Precise location On land surrounding Festival Park Factory Shopping Village
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO165076
Date of design 1991
Year of unveiling 1991
Unveiling details 1991
Commissioned by Garden Festival Wales
Duty of care Festival Park
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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