The Guardian Gate Story
The Guardian Gate was inspired by a friend who practices Chinese acupuncture. The poetic language of traditional Chinese medicine describes the flow of energy in the body or Qi (Chi) as the balance of five elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The five-sided columns represent these elements. Passing through the columns, the arches are secured with copper brackets. Conical copper caps top the columns. The spiral glyph, centered between the arches, invites visitors to enter a new space. The gate stands as a guardian on the walkway to a country home.
The arches, columns and flanking elements are built with Western Red Cedar. The below ground sections of the posts are juniper, a rot resistant wood. The wood is stained with a water based finish. And the copper oxidizes to a dark brown.