Lucia Eames’s gates were often inspired by elements in her natural world: grasses, foliage, birds, and celestial forms; illustrated literary art, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or a captured sensation, such as the serene, contemplative mood expressed in Zen Gate.

Her gates often found different uses: swinging and closing as a protective door or gate; freestanding as a screen; bolted into frames—windows or otherwise; standing fixed as a sentinel in a field or slightly pulled away from a wall (to ensure beloved shadows ensued).