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Gate Closed
January 2019

"Gate Closed" is an artwork in the public space of Varna in Bulgaria. This temporary 'monument' will be on view until it will be removed. The work appropriates the existing urban environment and offers the opportunity to rethink the city.

For a longer period I am fascinated by this dilapidated underpass that was leading to the bus stop Vezhen on the other side of the busy road bul."March 3". Between the former socialist flats in the Vladislavovo neighborhood is a small park that runs from bul. "Sveta Elena" down the hill. This park leads to the wide stairs that used to provide access to this pedestrian tunnel. A friend who lives nearby told me that it was laid out incorrectly and always went underwater during the rain. As a result of that, the tunnel has become out of use and polluted. When I saw at the end of 2018 that the municipality closed the entrances with an iron fence, I felt the opportunity to add new meaning to this urban site with a simple sign.

The fact that fences are placed around the decay, instead of improving the situation on site, has a symbolic meaning here for me. The title Gate Closed refers to the gate at the airport where you can no longer board. The recycling logo refers to the possibility to give a new meaning to the image of the current city. Designed as an obituary and attached to the fence at the three closed entrances, a Bulgarian text says:

"This exit will take you to another city"

Gate Closed follows the concept behind #theorganisation that wants to make knowledge and resources available from the market to realize influencial alternative visualizations.

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Best regards, Edwin Stolk

(photos were made by Hristna Tasheva)