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Michael Alfano

Gates of Transcendence
10 times life size

The Gates of Transcendence is a face split down the middle, representing two sides to every situation. It addresses the idea of transcendence in a number of ways, which the viewer can experience from multiple vantages. When facing this monumental portrait, you tend to think about life as a whole and its big challenges. From behind the sculpture, you can look through the eyes, to see life from a different perspective. Walking through the Gates of Transcendence is like taking a symbolic journey, breaking free from the habitual facades we all sometimes adopt, and into a clear, new view of life.