Solar Gate opens at
Queen's Gardens, Hull
Solar Gate officially opens on Thursday 9th November in Hull’s Queens Gardens.
The sculpture is a sundial that uses solar alignment to mark significant times and dates in Hull's history. The super-light innovative two-shell structure is place-specific, responding to pivotal historic events and to the cultural context of its location in Hull’s Queens Gardens adjacent to the ancient site of Beverley Gate. The artwork’s theme of “time” was inspired by events that took place at Beverly Gate in Hull in 1642.
Tonkin Liu won the international art competition in March 2015 to create the artwork, and worked in collaboration with structural engineers Arup and local fabricator Pearlgreen.
Leader of Hull Council, Councilor Stephen Brady: "Solar Gate is a fantastic addition to the great work already done to create a grand new entrance into Queen's Gardens. Not only is Solar Gate totally unique, it's an incredibly clever concept that Tonkin Liu have developed. Big thanks must go to Hull company Pearlgreen Engineering and Tonkin Liu for taking on this challenging project and doing an amazing job. It's great to know that these highly qualified specialists have created this new piece of public art that will no doubt become an iconic city feature.”