L'Âge d'Or


Quote from Hackney Gazette:

"Brit artist Gavin Turk is behind a cheekily named new public artwork at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
"The large door, called ‘L’Âge d’Or’, was commissioned by Here East.
"The technology and innovation hub is based the former Press and Broadcast Centre for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"The door was conceived to symbolise Here East’s vision to become a “home for local artists”.
Gavin Poole, CEO at Here East said: ‘This participatory public artwork fits perfectly with our vision for Here East as a major cultural and creative hub for London, and will greatly enrich the experience for visitors and for the creative business and individuals based on the site."

Design Week said:

"Cultural and creative hub, Here East, based in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, has unveiled a new public artwork by artist Gavin Turk.
"The installation comprises an oversized painted door and has been designed in homage to William Blake’s famous doors of perception.
"The artwork signals that the area is open for business to the international creative community, as well as for the local artistic community of Hackney Wick, says Here East."

Background: Doors of Perception

Extract from Blake's Poem "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" :

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.

The phrase "The Doors of Perception" was used as a book title by Aldous Huxley and is also the source of the name of the band "The Doors".

L'Âge d'Or is French for "The age of gold", possibly hinting at a future golden age for creative endeavours on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.