Atlanta celebrates Independence Day by opening the Millenium Gate
Local residents argue that the Gate is “”out of place and has no relation to the surrounding neighborhood filled with contemporary housing.” However, the American Urban Design Foundation responsible for the Gate’s construction claims, "The arch will renew the prospects of the old steel mills area around the site, and demonstrate how classical architecture can help to reclaim neglected urban areas.” The monument designer Rodney Cook Jr. is believed to have intended to mark the passage from one millennium to another, hence the name of the monument. Despite mixed reviews, Atlanta is celebrating its newest city attraction with a parade and fireworks today. The monument will open for free public display later in the afternoon.
The 70ft high building will be the first classical monument of this scale to be built in the USA since the Jefferson Memorial in 1936 and will house a public gallery for contemporary classical sculpture, as well as spaces for receptions and meetings. The design will feature a sculptural allegory by Alexander Stoddart, telling the story of peaceful accomplishment over the last 2000 years.