Philosophy behind the concept of this art object: The art object represents a large portal, i.e. the main entrance penetrated by the sunrays. It overlooks the park, a part of which can be visible. When looking through this entrance from afar the leaves of trees seem to form the mesmerizing ornament. When approaching closer the leaves turn out to be three-dimensional shapes of people forming a mobile matter lead by human passions: gluttony, lechery, greed, sandess, wrath, sloth, vanity, and pride. Ancient Greek philosophers explained that passion arises by means of joining of natural spiritual attraction with the misconceptions of mind. Passion is a longing for the pleasant. A man seems to be looking for pleasure in his mundane existence among the passing and all worldly. Passions tend to come from perverse and excessive love of yourself. Unlike love, passion doesn’t know the feeling of rest, doesn’t know wisdom, that way passion is destined to cease and exhaust itself. No fire can burn forever.
The founder of REVA Foundation interprets passion as "naked feelings or live wires under high voltage".
The Gate of Passions is conceived as a human life full of misconceptions. Getting out of the portal means epiphany.
Mikhail Reva sculptures communicate with the environment in a new way - they no longer "melt," nor they "spread" in it, but they are forming their own single energetically active space, inviting the viewer to engage in dialogue.