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Artists, City Dedicate 'Light Gate'

Feb 26, 2015 09:50AM ● Published by DigMB Staff

Gallery: Light Gate Ribbon-Cutting [5 Images] Click any image to expand.

Commissioned as Manhattan Beach's Centennial Art piece, the glimmering new Light Gate sculpture was officially dedicated by city officials Wednesday in a public ceremony.

Artists Mags Harries and Lajos Héder designed the Light Gate, and attended this week's ribbon cutting. 

According to the artists, the piece is made of glass laminated with prismatic lighting film that creates "rich and varied light effects with the sun... It will be a place of constantly shifting light and view, more than a solid object."

"As you move around the sculpture," the artists say in their project description, "it will shift unexpectedly from transparency, to prismatic refraction, to mirror reflection. The glass and steel construction, playing with the sunlight, will harmonize with the crystalline glass architecture of the new Library."

Indeed, throughout the late-afternoon ceremony, Light Gate glowed brightly, delighting attendees.

Light Gate focuses the view through an opening down 14th Street to the Pacific Ocean. The sun sets perfectly through its "keyhole" center twice a year, on January 27th and November 14th.

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