Jim Gallucci, Immigrant Gate II
Jim Gallucci is a graduate of LeMoyne College and Syracuse University and has been a sculptor for more than 30 years. He has taught art courses at institutions including The University of North Carolina Greensboro, and currently designs and fabricates commissioned art for public, corporate and residential spaces nationwide at his Greensboro studio.
Gallucci created Immigrant Gate II in 1997 as a tribute to the thousands of people who have immigrated to America. The gate symbolizes their passage into a rich new world full of opportunities. Made of welded, powder-coated steel, the sculpture is 10 feet long, 4 feet wide and over 12 feet high. First shown in 1997 at the Pier Walk in Chicago, Immigrant Gate II came to Raleigh as part of the 2004 Downtown Raleigh Sculpture Expo. In 2010, Mayor Charles Meeker and Gallucci delivered remarks at the ribbon cutting at the sculpture’s new home at the Millbrook Exchange Park Community Center. The celebration included a naturalization oath ceremony administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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My father came to this country in nineteen thirty as a thirteen year old. He cried all the way on the bus trip to Naples and at the docks they wouldn’t let him on the boat. His eyes were so red from crying they thought he had something contagious, so he had to sit there. my grandmother sailed away and said “We’ll see you in America.” And he’s crying and this gentleman came up to him and said “Whats wrong?” He explained how he got separated from his parents and they were stranded in Naples and were trying to get to America. He said “Stay here we’ll take care of you.” Next thing you know, they are on a boat, they are on a freighter. I said well, wait a minute, you didn’t go to Ellis island? He says “I never went to Ellis Island” somehow they got word to her and she was waiting at the dock when we arrived. I said “Wait. A. Minute. how did all this happen? Who was that guy at the dock of Naples that arranged all this?” He said, “Well you know Jim, sometimes the mafia does good things for people.”
That existential experience of passage is really about things that happened in their life, how many doors have been closed in your life, or opened in your life. Or just a crack left open and you get to see the other side but never to go see the promos land (laughter). My name is Jim Gallucci, I live in Greensboro, NC and I am sculptor.