Gates of Memories is a place where we are reminded that we don’t remember days,
we remember moments. Wandering through the region, designed by photographer shelly70, it is easy to understand why she feels this is the case: the region is filled with moments in time, each of which creates an impression waiting to be captured by eye and camera to become a memory to which we can return again and again.
Caught in the depths of winter, the snowbound region presents a rural setting where the rolling ground is blanketed in white and trees denuded of their leaves stretch frosted, gnarled fingers and arms towards a cloud heavy sky from which more snow swirls and falls.
Close to the landing point and just through a gated arch, sits a quaint cottage, garden hidden beneath the snow, tall lamp-posts lighting the way to the front door. Paper lanterns. the air inside heated by tiny fires burning in cradles slung below them, turn and dance in the falling snow, their colour contrasting strongly with the otherwise near monochrome setting. A second cottage sits across the region, smoke also curling from its chimney, hinting at warmth inside, the footpath to the front door swept clear of snow in welcome to visitors.
While the surrounding landscape may seem sparse under the lowering sky, there is actually a lot here to be discovered. The open spaces mean that things can be carefully placed so that they can naturally stand apart from one another, allowing the visitor to come upon them in a way that presents each in turn as a moment in time.
Art is very much central to these moments, particularly the work of Mistero Hifeng (a factor bound to attract me, as I simply adore his work), with pieces large and small to be found right across the region, sometimes standing alone whilst elsewhere forming the focal point for a particular setting – as with the couple standing in the centre of a little skating rink, the ice around them scored and crossed by the passage of skates.
But Mistero’s work isn’t alone in being celebrated here; those exploring the region will also come across figures by Rebeca Bashly (another artist I admire) and Angelica Leiner, as well as quirky characters by Krikket Bkackheart and Raya Jonson, whilst elsewhere a touch of fantasy can be found as unicorns play in the misty snow.
As well as offering moments in time to visitors, Gates of Memories is itself a moment in time; one beautifully conceived and presented – and certainly one not to be missed.
- Gates of Memories (Rated: Moderate)