Monkey King Gate


Intricate Ironworks © 2007

Metal monkey kings
Arms curved, crowns atop their heads
Downtown protectors.

This gate was seen in downtown Indianapolis, found across the street from Monument Circle and Indiana’s State Capitol Building. Yes, I know that the intricate metalwork has a traditional pineapple pattern, but I prefer to imagine it as the monkey king gate. Can you make out the monkeys’ faces, each one with his arms curved over his head, crowns atop each head in the center of each panel?

What happy monkeys!

Photographed in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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  1. schoggigepfeli says:

    lovely shot 🙂

  2. Well seen, both the overall pattern and the “monkey” faces. Love the name you’ve given it. Well captured.


  3. excellent capture, and interesting to realize what might be hiding in architecture 😉

  4. I think Monkey King is very fitting – and what a happy monkey he is! Nice capture.

  5. gorgeous! 🙂

  6. Love these patterns; the nice tight crop really shows it off well. I must admit I didn’t see the monkey until I read your commentary 😉

  7. Thanks, everyone. I was pretty amazed that little monkey popped out. I think he slipped me a wink and a sly smile.

  8. lovely abstract!

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