Gordon created ‘Up We Go,’ with the intention to visualize the upward movement of humanity. The triumphal and universal stance of arms raised towards the sky in victory is implicit in the form and materials of the piece. With its shape and colorful display, ‘Up We Go’ embraces core values of humanity and insinuates movement, prosperity and growth. The skyward and positive gesture is also demonstrated through the “sun salutation” pose in Yoga and the circular shape of the sculpture emphasizes the circle of life. Standing straight with arms pointed upward, the sun salutation energizes the individual as one embraces the sky and sun. Vitality and life is celebrated in the sun salutation and this gesture is reflected through the artwork.
The sculpture is made of custom extruded aluminum stakes and dichroic glass, has a diameter of 5′ 10″. The aluminum stakes starting at a height of 12 feet and peaking at a height of 20 feet comprise the oblique form.
Originally on loan and prominently on display in front of the community center in the quaint Napa Valley town of Yountville, CA since April 2017, ‘Up We Go’ was moved in January 2019 to Flower Mound, Texas to be placed in the central roundabout of the Realty Capital Management Lakeside DFW residential community.
Realty Capital Management reached out to Gordon to create conceptual designs for the Lakeside Development and ‘Up We Go’ was one of the sculptures presented. The approval process was arduous and included the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Department, The Flower Mound Arts Committee as well as the residents of the Lakeside DFW, Flower Mound Tower. In the end, ‘Up We Go’ was approved by the committees and overwhelmingly selected by the residents.