The Japanese born Australian artist Akio Makigawa was commissioned to create a landmark entry statement for the Perth Cultural Centre. Gate 2: Coalesce was erected outside the Alexander Library building in 1987.
The work includes a central ‘gate’ as a symbol of the meeting place, the exchange of ideas and a passage for development. The two stepped structures flanking the gate symbolises the stages to knowledge, understanding and achievement. Surrounding this are flags and totems which represent marks of progress through the stages of development.