Artist: Jason H. Anderson
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
JA: I was contacted via email. The owner of the building loves my work and asked me to design a gate for him.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
JA: I guess you would have to say it was from a song called “Hallucinogenics” by Matt Maeson that I was listening to on one of my Pandora stations while designing it. The client had no design or ideas to go off of, so it was a free-range piece for me to create.
GJ: What materials did you use to create this gate?
JA: It is all made from metal tubing. The frame is 2 inches, and then the inner pieces start at 1 inch and go down to 3/4-inch and then to 1/2-inch as it twists down the piece.
GJ: How long did it take to create? What was the creation process like?
JA: It has over 100 hours of work in it. I started with the frame piece first, and all this work was done on a Big Blu 50-ton press. Once the frame was made, I started working on the 1-inch pieces. Then I went in three layers and did the same process with the 3/4-inch pieces. [Lastly, I] went in three layers and then filled the rest of it up with1/2-inch pieces.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
JA: I would have to say the handle latch locking mechanism [because] it is all custom-made. It was a blind build, which basically means that I had the idea of the mechanism but there were no drawings or measurements. I just started crafting pieces.
GJ: When was it completed?
Dec. 15, 2020. It was installed Jan. 5, 2021.
It is located in the West End Art District on Perry Avenue in Greenville.