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View the Sunset Through 'Light Gate'

Jan 24, 2016 12:16PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

"Light Gate" artists Mags Harries and Lajos Heder

The sun aligns perfectly with the city's "Light Gate" sculpture only twice a year - so grab your cameras and mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 27, at 5:19 p.m. to watch the sunset through the sculpture.

"Light Gate" is located at the top of 14th Street, between Manhattan Beach City Hall and the new Manhattan Beach Library, along Highland Avenue. The artwork is made of glass, laminated with prismatic lighting film that creates rich and varied light effects with the sun.

"Light Gate" focuses the view through an opening down 14th Street to the ocean, with the perfect sunset coming through the "keyhole" opening on only two days of the year, November 14 and January 27.

"Light Gate" was installed nearly one year ago, on
February 25, 2015, by artists Mags Harries and Lajos Héder. The sculpture is designed to be a place of constantly shifting light and view that will put the visitor in the center of this important nexus. As viewers move around and through the sculpture, it will shift from transparency, to prismatic refraction, to mirror reflection. The glass and steel construction was designed to harmonize with the crystalline glass architecture of the new library.

"Light Gate" was the winning entry in the city's Centennial Art Project, which was launched to create an exceptional visual experience for locals and visitors, while celebrating the city’s past and inspire future generations.

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