10TH ANNIVERSARY GATES

The Metal Museum gates are the first work of art you encounter when entering the Museum. The gates are made up of over 350 rosettes from over 170 metalsmiths from around the world.

Metalsmiths from around the world contributed samples of their work to the Anniversary Gates. The rosettes, typically about the size of a doorknob, show an incredible range of personal statements about the individual artist's interests, national pastimes and sometimes whimsical design motifs. Most visitors to the Museum spend much time examining the Anniversary Gates and their fabulous assemblage of mounted rosettes. Funds were raised from various sources to complete the gates. 

Bryan Systems, Inc. later donated the automatic gate opener and access control that makes the gates both beautiful and functional. 

To learn more about the gates, read the Anvil's Ring article by James A. Wallace. 

FEATURES & DIMENSIONS

  • Height: 16 feet

  • Width: 15 feet, 6 inches

  • Weight: Two sections of 1,700 pounds each

  • Material: Forged steel and scrollwork frame finished in black with 23k gold leaf. Decorative rosettes are in a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

  • Style: Renaissance, with repetition of a classic "S" scroll set in heavy framework, with each scroll terminating in two individualized rosettes. The rosettes are the metalsmiths' personal statements and take many forms, including fish, tableware, tools and musical instruments.  Artists from around the world contributed the rosettes.  Featured countries include Australia, Canada, Czechoslovakia, England, Finland, France, Germany (including both the former East Germany and West Germany), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, United States of America and Wales.

  • Chief Designer: Richard Quinnell, Ltd., Surrey, England

  • Number of Metalsmiths Who Contributed Rosettes: Nearly 200

  • Number of Rosettes: 360 places, 331 completed

  • Number of Scrolls: 192

  • Dedication: Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14, 1989

  • Occasion: Observance of the 10th Anniversary of the National Ornamental Metal Museum's opening, which was Feb. 2, 1979.

  • Re-dedication: Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, 2014

Contributing Artists

  • Jarmo Anttila

  • Philip Baldwin

  • Don Barker

  • Steve Baxter

  • Mack Beal

  • Berkeen Manufacturing

  • Robert Bergman

  • Berth Johansson

  • Bacci

  • Michael Bondi

  • Fred Borcherdt

  • Doug Carmichael

  • Lowell Chaput

  • Bruce Clark

  • Tina Chisena

  • Merrit Cleaver

  • Skip Cluff

  • H. Cole

  • Robert Coogan

  • Jim Cooper

  • Jim Cotter

  • David Court

  • Larry Crawford

  • Benny Crevitt

  • Mike Crummy

  • C. Dahlstrom

  • William Dawe

  • Alan Dawson

  • Ralf Driessen

  • Richard Dyer

  • Ron Eastman

  • Lars Erick

  • Kurt Fehrenbach

  • Phillip Fike

  • Franklin Forge

  • Southern Ohio Forge Association

  • Tim Fortune

  • Jeffrey Funk

  • Dimitri Gerakaris

  • Noel Gregg

  • Jerry Grice

  • Edwin Grove

  • Theo Grunewald

  • Ken Hambel

  • Michael Hasse

  • Goro Hatanaka

  • Bill Helwig

  • Rebecca P. Hemmingway

  • Doug Hendrickson

  • Toby Hickman

  • Stuart Hill

  • Logan Hirsh

  • Grady Holley

  • Jim Horrobin

  • Japheth Howard

  • Brian Hughes

  • Mitsuhira Ishikawa

  • Brenton Curtis

  • David James

  • Russell Jaqua

  • Carl Jennings

  • Bruce Johnson

  • Rob Keeler, Keeler Ironworks

  • D. Keller

  • Kentucky Blacksmiths

  • Peter King

  • L. Brent Kington

  • Alex Klahm

  • Richard Klimesh

  • A. Knight

  • Terry Knudson

  • Richard Kolpack

  • Keiko Kubota-Miura

  • Memphis Police Department

  • Paul Lacy

  • Ian Lamb

  • Christopher Lambert

  • Thomas Latané

  • Rauno Lehtonen

  • Marcia Lewis

  • M. Linn

  • M. Lucas

  • M. Lysekil

  • Bruce Macmillan

  • Michael Malleson

  • Joan Markell

  • George Martin

  • Lars Matsson

  • Richard Mawdsley

  • Floyd McDaniel

  • Charlie McKinney

  • Bob McQueen

  • Tim McCreight

  • John Medwedeff

  • Mississippi Forge Council

  • Lee Ann Mitchell

  • Sam & Jean Moss

  • Steve Nauman

  • Jonathan Nedbor

  • Darryl Nelson

  • Larry Newbern

  • Jouko Nieminen, Finland

  • Peat Oberon

  • David Owens

  • Chris Padelford

  • Peter Parkinson

  • Craig Parton

  • Tony Patel

  • Bob Patrick

  • Joe Pehoski

  • David Pimentel

  • Melvin Pinnock

  • Carl Plehaty

  • Henry Pomfret

  • Ron Porter

  • Richard Prillaman

  • Dennis Proska

  • Alan Puddick

  • Lucy Quinnell

  • Richard Quinnell

  • Joachim Quitzan

  • Manfred Bredohl

  • Henry L. Rehm

  • David Reis

  • Antony Robinson

  • Steve Rosenberg

  • Ray Rossi

  • Brian W. Russell

  • Brian F. Russell

  • G. Scholze

  • John Schultz

  • Joel Schwartz

  • Bob Selvaggio

  • Alvin Sher

  • Brad Silberberg

  • Mirko Siakkou

  • Rick Smith

  • Ray Sobel

  • Clay Spencer

  • Mike Spencer

  • John Steel

  • Dorothy Stiegler

  • Tore Stenfelt

  • M. Stratman

  • Emmert Studebaker

  • Ken-ichi Suganuma

  • Stu Thompson

  • Linda Threadgill

  • Peter Tickler

  • Randy Unger

  • Adam Varley

  • James Virnala

  • Peter Walker

  • Chapel Hill Forge

  • Daniel Wallace

  • Jedediah Wallace

  • James A. Wallace

  • Nol Putnam

  • Paul Woodmass

  • Steve Wooldridge

  • Peter Wynne

  • Paul Zimmermann

The Restoration of the 10th Anniversary Gates

Mother’s Day, 2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of the dedication of the Metal Museum’s beloved 10th Anniversary Gates. To honor this special occasion, the Museum began a year-long restoration process starting in the fall of 2013. We also published a catalog that documents the history and artistry of the most photographed object in the Museum’s collection. 

The restoration of the 10th Anniversary Gates was made possible by the many donors who sponsored rosettes and through an ArtsFirst grant from the First Tennessee Bank Foundation.

Logo forthe First Tennessee Foundation.

For sponsoring a rosette with a gift of $500 or more, the Metal Museum thanks 

  • Pat Anderson

  • ArtsMemphis in honor of Karen Spacek

  • Michael Bondi in memory of Stephen Bondi, Russell Jaqua, Toby Hickman, Doug Hendrickson, and Charlie Orlando

  • Richard Briscoe

  • Bob Buckman and Joyce Mollerup

  • James P. Cole in honor of Suzanne Henley

  • Margaret and William Craddock, Jr. in memory of Jean Walker Craddock and Jane Matthews Day

  • David and Karen Garson

  • Don Goodman in memory of Dr. Marvin Miller and Arnold, Rebecca, and Freddie Goodman

  • Ann J. Huckaba

  • Carissa Hussong and David Lusk, in honor of Grayson and Pheobe, Monique Hussong, Dr. and Mrs. David Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Grinstein, and Doug Ferris, Jr.

  • The Klyce Family in memory of Rebecca Meriwether Cooper Klyce

  • Dr. and Mrs. Robert R. Llewellyn in honor of Justin and Kathy Lohman

  • JR Lodico

  • Dianne and Myron Mall in memory of Willie Belle Shockley and Lorraine Mall

  • Jim Masterson

  • Katrina McKinney in memory of Charlie McKinney

  • Lewis Meyer and Cricket Bidwell

  • Linda Milbradt

  • Dianne and Larry Papasan in honor of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

  • Catherine and John Spalding Shepherd

  • Bryan K. Smith in honor of Jimmy Smith and Carolyn Smith

  • Mike and Cathy Talbot in memory of Charlie McKinney

  • Raymond and Margaret Tanner in memory of Raymond Rossi

  • Susan and Bill Watkins

For sponsoring a rosette with a gift of $100 or more, the Metal Museum thanks 

  • Annette Althoff

  • Mari Margaret Askew and Patrick Foley in honor of Margaret Askew Hood Cooper

  • Betsy and Kinzie Bird

  • Anne and Vince Boberski

  • J. Barron Boyd and Carol DeForest

  • Sam and Deborah Brackstone

  • Kimberly Bradshaw and William McKeown

  • David Brown and Steven Hoover

  • Steven Brown and Kathryn Clancy

  • Dr. and Mrs. Charles Burnett, Jr.

  • Dr. J. Baird Callicott

  • Bruce and Maggie Campbell

  • John D. Canale, III

  • Richard Carr and Laurie Williams

  • Paula and Rick Chaffin

  • Madge Logan Clark

  • Phil and Kay Coop

  • Mr. David A. Court

  • Bob and Debra Craddock

  • Maysey Craddock

  • B. Kendall Crawford

  • Susan Cummins

  • John and Judy Daffron

  • Ellen B. Davis

  • Alison England

  • Virginia and Darrell Fisher, Jr. in honor of Sharon and Darrell Fisher, Sr.

  • Pat Flynn

  • Dot and Luther Gause in honor of Richard Briscoe

  • Cathy and Jeffery Harris

  • Robert Harrison and Michelle Page

  • Lesley and John Hartney

  • Carolyn Springfield-Harvey and William Harvey

  • Sarah and Charles Henry

  • Robert Hollingsworth and Ronnie Gilmer

  • Carter Hord, Hord Architects

  • Japheth Howard and Alice James

  • Jody J. Hunter

  • Susi Hussong

  • Dr. and Mrs. J.T. Jabbour

  • Carol and Gene Katz

  • Barbara and Robert Keeler

  • Clay Keeler

  • Tricia and Chuck Kerwin

  • Nancy and Charles Kistler, III

  • Anne and Roger Knox

  • William and Carol Kutteh

  • Doug and Fawn Learn in honor of Japheth and Caleb Learn

  • Sheri Lipman and Dale Anderson

  • Shirley and Mike Lupfer

  • Jeanette and Stevens Martin

  • Debra Matton in honor of Tim Jamison

  • Richard Mawdsley

  • David McCarthy and Marina Pacini in honor of Grayson and Phoebe Hussong

  • Ralph B. Moss

  • Sam Moss in honor of Jean Moss

  • Kathleen M. Motl

  • Sally and Daniel Nibbelink

  • Lewis and Betty Nolan

  • Michael O'Nele

  • Pittsburgh Area Artist Blacksmith Association

  • Mary and Allen Portner in memory of Cynthia Portner Rhodes

  • Nancy and Richard Prillaman

  • Lindsey Randall in honor of LeeAnn Randall

  • Dr. Richard Ranta and Dr. Carol Crown

  • Wyndell Robertson

  • Hilary and Charles Robinson

  • Claude and Robert Rogers

  • Meryl Rosen

  • Elizabeth Rouse

  • Diane Rudner in honor of Stephanie and Lori Goldstein

  • Dorothy P. Schoettle

  • Jacqueline and Richard Sellers

  • Jessie and Dolph Smith

  • W.H. Smythe

  • Katherine Snape

  • Judith and Peter Sohngen

  • Ann and Mike Spiotta

  • Pat and Tom Stevens in honor of Owen James Longwell-Stevens and Isobel Jean Longwell-Stevens

  • Lisa and Donald Street

  • Peter and Aimee Sufka

  • Mike and Cathy Talbot in memory of Bruce Bringle

  • Linda and James Threadgill

  • Mary D. Tuthill

  • Shirley and Richard Vosburg

  • Paige Walkup

  • Marianne and Ronald Walter

  • Brother Robert Werle, FSC

  • David L. Wilson

  • Marni and Charles Wright

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