In ancient Siam, or modern Thailand, pratu means "City Gate" Not just a doorway, but also a formal entrance, a passage, which suggests a transformative experience. In 2011, I was commissioned to make a monumental public sculpture for the Brea Plaza Shopping Center. Located directly in front of the northbound 57 Freeway off-ramp at Imperial Highway, the center is considered to be a "Southern Entrance" to the city of Brea, California. This sculpture is part of Brea's "Art in Public Places" program.
The work presents my experience of passage and transformation. The slick horizontal element generates motion; the weathered vertical wall simultaneously presents an obstacle and a doorway. Life's challenge is not locating doorways to opportunity so much as it is finding the energy and courage to pass through them.