The core of the design concept departs from a brick portal in the shape of a fragment or a ruin that mirrors the architecture of the former regiment in style, scale and placement. The main offices of Region Gotland are located in these former regiment buildings. The portal is visualised as a replica of the entrance to Region Gotland and is placed opposite of it on the other side of the street by the Visborg Alley (Visborgsallén). There it creates an entrance to Donners hage and erects a sight line and visual link between the former regiment area and the new residential area’s public park. From the vantage point of the portal theme, the artist has elaborated on another three designs that mark entrances to Donners hage.
Juri Markkula is based in Visby on Gotland and works with public art commissions and exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. Juri Markkula’s work is based in painting and investigates the dynamic relationship between viewers and materials. In his studio, as well as in public commissions, he often experiments with the relation between body movement, surfaces and perception.