Elm Tea Gate at Yale University Art Gallery
Paul Discoe, a friend and colleague, was an artist in residence at Yale University in 2014 and 2015. A master temple-builder trained in Japan, Paul worked with us to source the material he wanted. We supplied Paul with Red Elm salvaged from a park in Santa Clara, California for his project. Elm is a traditional material used in Japanese architecture.
The Happy and Bob Doran Tea Gate, dedicated in the Doran’s honor, is “a mixture of formal and informal [Buddhist Architecture].”(1) The gate in Zen Buddhist architecture is a symbolic marker to remind those who enter to come into the present moment. Paul was quoted describing his creation as a “gateless gate, a gate to nowhere except for everywhere.”(2)
For more information or to visit the Happy and Bob Doran Tea Gate at the Yale University Art Gallery:
address 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut
Photos: Jessica Smolinski
1 & 2: Yale University Art Gallery, Spring 2016