Doors, entryways, gates – Cranbrook’s campus was designed with an eye towards points of transition. Since its foundation 108 years ago, Cranbrook has maintained a long tradition of gate design and fabrication. This close-up of a stylized peacock comes from Cranbrook School’s famous Peacock Gates; designed by Eliel Saarinen, they were produced by the metalsmith Oscar Bach in 1927. Recently, a long restoration process culminated with their re-installation on the Cranbrook School campus. This gate and many others are the subject of the second exhibition in the From the Archives series. Drawing from the rich collection of the Cranbrook Archives, From the Archives: Forging Cranbrook’s Gatescape explores the history, design, and formation of Cranbrook’s historic and contemporary “gatescape.”
Experiencing the gates from within the walls of the Art Museum is nothing compared to seeing them in person. With that in mind, Leslie S. Edwards, Head Archivist and exhibition curator, will be leading a walking and bus tour of the gates on Sunday, October 5. The tour will take participants to some of Leslie’s favorite gates, from beloved classics to the newest installations on campus. More information on the exhibition and walking tour is available here. Be sure to check it out, and get ready to see Cranbrook’s gates in a whole new light!