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See The Sun Set Through 'Light Gate'

Nov 13, 2016 11:04AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Ever hoped for a perfect sunset view? You'll have an opportunity on Monday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m., one of the two days of the year when the sun sets perfectly through the "Light Gate" sculpture in downtown Manhattan Beach.

Light Gate is located at the top of 14th Street, between City Hall and the 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. Each January 27 and November 14, the sunset aligns perfectly within the keyhole looking down 14th Street.

"Light Gate" was installed 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 puts 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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