The Gateway series makes use of two metal doors that came from the old American Architectural Iron Co. building, which is the original site of Coppersmith Village. The doors and historic artifacts were conserved with the idea of creating art for the future building. The combination of historical elements from the original site provides a unique opportunity to integrate the old into the new in an organic fashion which honors the origins of the site as part of an industrial and commercial neighborhood dating back to the late 1800’s as attested by the name, Coppersmith Way.
Gateways to History I and II honor the tradition of work, which has been the mainstay of successive waves of immigrants to East Boston from the earliest Yankee settlers, through the Jewish, Irish, Italians, and more recent Hispanic and Muslim immigrants. The artifacts gleaned from the site bear the marks of this history of labor that sustained and still energizes East Boston life. The Gateway series combines text, image, and artifact to create art pieces which are a testament to immigrant energy which has transformed East Boston in the past and which continues to transform it today.
- B. Amore on her works in About Time