- Location: Longfellow Elementary School Cambridge, MA (1983, reinstalled 2007)
- Client: Cambridge Art Council /1% program
- Size: 10′ 5″ x 8′ 5″ x 8′ 5″
- Materials: Wood, enamel paint, light
- Artist: Mags Harries
- Photo Credits: Greg Heins
Architecture & Furniture
Set in the main entrance hall of the Longfellow Elementary School Gateway is a public art sculpture that creates a memorable passage into this K-8 school. Its exaggerated scale bridges between architecture and furniture. Lighting bathes the books and crockery on top of the table in a pink light to create a magical landscape. Walking underneath the sculpture, students and teachers feel like they are Alice in Wonderland with the dramatic change in scale.
A Children’s Table
The table is fabricated from ash with traditional wood joinery. Proportionally large wads of bubble gum are stuck to the underside of the table, like a typical school desk. The table has visibly been painted with many layers of different colored paints. It is expected that over time the sculpture will be carved and initialed by the successive classes of students.
A New Site
Gateway was moved during the school merger with the Kennedy-Longfellow School to the school’s library.