Essex County Council commissioned artist Grenville Davey in 2008 to create a series of sculptures as a permanent legacy of the Essex Jiangsu Festival that celebrated the county’s 20 year relationship with Jiangsu Province in China. This sculpture is now loaned to Harlow Art Trust and placed in the main reception of the Civic Centre.
Grenville Davey lives and works in Great Yeldham in Essex. He studied art at Exeter College of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College and has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1989. He won the Turner Prize, widely regarded as one of the most important awards for visual arts, in 1992.
Grenville Davey travelled to Jiangsu Province, where he met local people and visited temples, gardens, museums and markets. These encounters and experiences inspired a series of sculptures including Moongate.
Moon Gate is based upon entrances to the many gardens in Jiangsu. They mark the transition from the outside to a fantastic inner world. The steel banners carry family philosophies which are usually presented in the reception areas of the home.