The Leawood Arts Council and Art in Public Places Initiative commissioned this Gate sculpture by Jesse Small specifically for this location because of his intimate knowledge of the Orient. “Cloud Gate” is a focal point of I-Lan Park, which was developed to honor Leawood’s Sister City relationship with I-Lan, Taiwan. Small has spent many years working and studying in the Orient.
Jesse Small received his BFA from KCAI in 1997, and his MFA from Alfred University, NY, in 2005. He maintains active studio practice in both the United States and China. With recent exhibitions in Beijing, Shanghai, Chong Qing, Shenzhen, New York City, and Kansas City, he brings realistic global view points to local projects. Jesse has established his North American studios in Los Angeles, California and at the Belger Creative Campus in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Cloud Gate” is constructed of galvanized steel with a matte silver/gray finish. The top decorative portion of the gateway is intricately cut into lace-like clouds. Each corner features groups of cut steel representing lanterns. This Asian influenced gate sculpture stands 21’ high by 19’ wide.
The placement of the piece serves as an inviting entrance to the park and faces east and west allowing viewers to walk through the 12’ opening. Passing though the gateway represents the social exchange and connection between Leawood and I-Lan, Taiwan.