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SHELTER 2023: 'Threshold' by sculptor Mark Reigelman

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Dates:Thursday, June 22, 2023 - Monday, October 23, 2023
Hours:All day
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:Free see below
Category:Arts & Culture

'Threshold' by sculptor Mark Reigelman will be a public artwork celebrating the principles of equality and community-building that have been integral to the history of New Bedford.

Inspired by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who inhabited the city in the late 17th century as well as the aesthetic of New England’s archetypal colonial doorways, Mark Reigelman beckons viewers toward Threshold’s partially opened door, shining down on Custom House Square from its 17-foot-tall perch.

Constructed mainly from wood and steel, Threshold will draw on the unique architecture of the federal doorway of the site of the oldest building in New Bedford's Abolition Row Historic District, an important site in the early Black freedom struggle.

Its double-sided door references the community’s diverse history, with its blue façade facing the Wharf and rising sun as a nod to the city's fishing roots, while its massive arched window is tiled together with colorful mirrored pieces, capturing the various identities and cultures that have made up the city.

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21 Barkers Ln, New Bedford, MA, 02740 map
Phone: 7742643696

Outdoors at Custom House Square


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