Gateway to Independence, Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, Mass Bronze sculpture with brass bells
Gateway to Independence: The pathway to rehabilitation is a difficult,
trying, and frustrating one. In my sculpture I have tried to indicate
a bit of the historical past and an up to date vision of the future.
The past is represented by
20 blue stone stepping stones. They represent the 20 losses that
founder Father Thomas Carroll spoke of in his book "Blindness
" - the losses people experience when losing their sight. I
have made these stones round, symbolizing the dots used in writing
As one travels along these
steps, one goes symbolically from the Rehabilitation Center through
this gateway to the new Computer Center for further training, in
order to enter the electronic world. This is an extraordinary chance
for further freedom and independence.
The two hexagonal pillars creating
the gateway are ringed with small bells which, when touched produce
a soft tinkle. There are two different donor bell opportunities
and each has a place for the donor to have his or her name inscribed.
There are 96 small bells and 48 larger bells. A client can ring
the bell as a way of saying thank you to the donor or as a way of
having a pleasant musical experience.
On top of each of the two pillars
making up the gateway is a globe indicating the outreach to the
world through the Internet and the effect that this new Adaptive
Technology Center will have on its clients. The translucent globes
on top of the pillars will be motion sensitive and light up as they
are approached and as darkness comes. This is a further indication
of how this Center can help "light up the world" for those
whose lights are dimming.