“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Proctor in St. Louis County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The Gate

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By Keith L, September 26, 2007
1. The Gate Marker
Stainless Steel

David von Schlegell (1920 – 1992)

The stainless steel sculpture functions as a metaphor, tying the horizontal lines of the land and Lake Superior, which are both very visible from this location, together at the point of intersection with the City of Duluth. The Gate serves to recognize the importance of Duluth, as not only a gateway to Minnesota's north shore, but also to the world through the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway that extends 3700 kilometers (2,300 miles) east to the Atlantic Ocean.

David von Schlegell was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was William von Schlegell, an American Impressionist painter. David von Schlegell also began his career as a painter, but turned to sculpture in the early 1960's. Throughout his career, Mr. von Schlegell received many public commissions and several grants and awards, including the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 1978. He evolved a vocabulary of streamlined abstract forms and planes that reflected his knowledge of Constructivism, as well as his lifelong interest in yacht and airplane design. He served as director of graduate studies in sculpture at Yale University between 1971 and 1990, during which time this sculpture was created.

Fabricated by Lippincott Inc. of North Haven,
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By Keith L, September 26, 2007
2. The Gate Marker
Connecticut, the metal sculpture measures 12.2 meters long (40 feet) and rises 10.6 meters (34 feet, 9 inches) above the ground. It has an estimated mass 4500 kilograms (10,000 pounds). It was commissioned in 1969 by a Federal and State artist selections panel and funded as a partnership project between the National Endowment for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minnesota State Highway Department, the Duluth Bicentennial Commission and Mrs. Eva Glimcher, a local private donor.

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Sculptor David von Schlegell was inspired by Duluth's position as a gateway to the world, as well as, the location of this site within the community when he designed this sculpture for Thompson Hill Rest Area.
Location. 46° 43.784′ N, 92° 12.329′ W. Marker is near Proctor, Minnesota, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 35 at milepost 249, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at Thompson Hill Travel Information Center/Rest Area (about 7 miles southwest of downtown Duluth). Exit at South Boundary Avenue (County Road 14), to Westgate Boulevard, then to Thompson Hill Visitors Center Parkway. The rest area can be reached from both directions on Interstate 35. Marker is in this post office area: Duluth MN 55810, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At
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By Keith L, September 26, 2007
3. The Gate
least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Minnesota’s Seaport / Welcome to Minnesota (within shouting distance of this marker); Geology of Duluth Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Gonyea, Verville and National Guardsmen Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Engine 225 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Oneota (approx. 3.4 miles away); Rice's Point (approx. 4.9 miles away); Summer White House - 1928 (approx. 5 miles away in Wisconsin); Enger Observation Tower (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Proctor.
Also see . . .  A David von Schlegell Timeline. (Submitted on January 15, 2008.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,375 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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