THE GATE FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE
An environmental object by architect Līga Saulespurena and artist Andis Niedre showing the way to the History Museum.
The environmental object “The Gate from the Past to the Future” envisaged by the local architect Līga Saulespurena and implemented by the artist Andis Niedre, which was unveiled in 2013, is a road sign both literally and figuratively. It shows the way to the museum, which reflects the events of our past. At the same time, it serves as an information stand, with its two LED screens displaying current information.
The walls of the gate are engraved with the names of 41 remarkable citizens of Tukums: people who have greatly contributed to the development of Tukums and its cultural, educational, scientific, athletic and economic achievements, or have carried the name of Tukums into the world. They include: the first Foreign Minister of the Republic of Latvia Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics, the commander of the 6th Latvian Riflemen regiment of Tukums Colonel Ansis Lielgalvis, the recipient of the Order of Lāčplēsis Ādolfs Bulle, the creator and founder of Tukums Museum Leonīds Āriņš and the poet Imants Ziedonis. Many have been forgotten over time, such as the diver, equipment inventor and honorary citizen of Russia Karl Ernst Hausen, and the engineer and supervisor of the Riga Port construction work Alexander von Boetticher.
The environmental project was made within the “Our Stories, No One Else’s” project, which is financed by the EU’s Europe for Citizens programme, Action 4 – European Active Remembrance and co-financed by Tukums Municipality Council and the Ministry of Culture.