Jim Gallucci’s sculpture, “Immigrant Gate II,” will be installed in Millbrook Exchange Park on May 12. An official unveiling celebration (date to be announced soon) will take place over the summer after a new sidewalk approaching the sculpture is in place.
“Immigrant Gate II,” first shown at Pier Walk in Chicago in 1997 and subsequently exhibited at various parks in the Midwest, came to Raleigh as part of the 2003-2004 Downtown Raleigh Sculpture Expo. It was later purchased by the Arts Commission to become part of the City’s permanent art collection. More recently, the sculpture was on exhibit across the street from the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts downtown. As a result of the opening of the Raleigh Convention Center, the sculpture’s relocation became necessary.
After researching various possible sites, the Raleigh Arts Commission recommended Millbrook Exchange Park; the Raleigh Parks & Recreation Board and City Council subsequently approved the recommendation.
The “Immigrant Gate II” sculpture is 148 inches high, 48 inches wide, and 120 inches long, and is comprised of welded, powder coated steel. The art is part of a series of gate works created by Mr. Gallucci. “This gate was designed in remembrance of my family coming to America, as Italian immigrants, in the 1930s,” he said. “America represented new challenges and a better future for their family. The design embodies the American ideal with the stars and waving stripes, and the symbolism is instantly recognizable to anyone in the world.”
Other works by artist Jim Gallucci in Raleigh include the four “Light Towers” on City Plaza, which have become an iconic symbol for downtown Raleigh in publications throughout the region.
Established in 1977 as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the Raleigh City Council, the Raleigh Arts Commission holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the leading force to champion the arts with Raleigh citizens and their representatives, the Commission’s myriad activities foster, support, and promote the arts in the Capital City. The Raleigh Arts Commission is a division of the Raleigh Parks & Recreation Department.
For more information, contact the Arts Commission office at (919) 996-3610 or email Gerald Bolas, Public Art Coordinator, at gerald.bolas[at]raleighnc.gov.