2002 - stone: travertine
Reaching twenty feet in height, Walter Dusenbery’s' Damascus Gate' sits near the entrance to Grounds For Sculpture, welcoming visitors into the park. The blend of architectural and sculptural forms, as well as the nod to historic structures, is a common theme in artist Walter Dusenbery’s work. The original Damascus Gate was built in 1542 by the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent and surrounded old Jerusalem facing the ancient city of Damascus. This work serves as both an actual and symbolic entryway, urging visitors to enter through the work itself, and acting as a first point of discovery as visitors wander the grounds and contemplate the more than 250 works on display. The stone used is travertine, a hard, sedimentary rock found at the bottom of stream beds.