June 25, 2009 | Filed Under Editorial Cartoons
6 Responses to “Heaven’s Gate”
S.C., and the world, has truly lost a tresure! My Mother & I had the honor of meeting Mr. Simmons and he was so humble and kind. We are so blessed to be able to enjoy his works for years to come. I have no doubt the “pearly gates” look just like the picture above! Thanks Robert for so wonderful a tribute!
It is gratifying to see someone who works in paper & ink, and electrons in a web, pay honor to an artist who worked in iron.
I hope many learn of Simmons’ work from seeing your’s.
Thank you Mr. Ariail. I learnt something about a little known great artiste after seeing this cartoon. In a week when an American “international” news network floods the rest of the world with the passing of a “greatness-thrust” man, this is refreshing. And I am not even an American.
To be honest, I had to look up his name, and I am glad I did. What an inspiration!
I hope I get to see his work first hand some day.
Thank you God, for such a talented artist!
So grateful I stumbled on this fine artistic tribute today. I never knew of Mr. Simmons, but found excellent articles about his life and work online. I had ancestors who were blacksmiths, but not artists in this way. Thank you, Mr. Ariail for using your artist’s tools to craft this tribute to Philip Simmons.
Thanks for a great tribute to Mr. Simmons, Robert. We here at the S.C. State Museum are as proud to display his most beautiful work - the Philip Simmons Gate - as we were to display your great art a few years ago (and I hope we’ll get to exhibit more in the future!). Between you, Mr. Simmons and others, South Carolina truly is blessed not only with great natural beauty, but with great artists to interpret it in new and creative ways. Come see us!
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