This photo was taken in New York in 2005. I had no idea where it was taken as we had such a quick tour in a coach, stopping here and there and since then I’ve been trying to find out where it was. I fell in love with this gate and of course it’s a grid. What I like about it is the way it has images placed randomly in the grid. Today I was thrilled to find the artist and she is Arlene Slavin. Steel Gates, Cathedral Bestiary, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York. The first outdoor steel commission, plasma cut fabrication. More if her work here Artnet/Arlene Slavin. The gate is here.
This reminded me of one of my City and Guilds projects about 12 years ago, where I also filled a grid randomly. I went looking for the work this afternoon among the cobwebs in the eaves.
This is what gave me the idea. I chose the fishing industry as a topic after picking up a piece of blue fishing net on holiday in Portugal. I had a vegetable net which was red, so I painted it using two shades of blue acrylic paint. Some of it had dried in the holes here and there. So I used this as my inspiration.
I used two boards and cut holes in the top one.