I have to admit, I was both excited and nervous about sketching this famous UC landmark. I didn’t feel worthy. Sather Gate was built in 1910 in memory of Peder Sather, a benefactor of the University. If it could speak, I imagine it could recall the events of the Free Speech Movement, the songs of graduates passing underneath it and the director’s yelling “Cut!” from the movies filmed under its arches.
I don’t always pass by it as I walk though the campus, but when I do, I have to pause and study it. On this particular occasion, it was the end of Spring Break and no students were around, not that it mattered to me. ;-) I hope to sketch it again from a different perspective. I often wonder if they know what a true rite of passage they’re experiencing while attending the University. When the students walk through it, taking their selfies in front of it, observing its awkward copper corrosion from the corner of their eyes, are they truly aware of it.