Architectural in title and scale, White Light Passage is a drawing in space. The outline and detail are described with the linear device of stainless steel rods. Responsive to the light, these rods absorb and reflect their surroundings, which results in changing degrees of presence. Gibbons’s previous work included welding found metals into large and complex compositions. In White Light Passage, he has used differing types of stainless steel bars to form some of the detail of the work. Gibbons also reveals his interest in welded joints, which are here clearly visible and integral to the composition. In a catalogue essay on John Gibbons’s work, Sculpture (November 2011), the American writer and critic Karen Wilkin referred to these pieces as “caged sculpture”, a relevant phrase for works of containment and transparency. The circular motif in the centre of White Light Passage gives pause in an otherwise rectilinear formation, and the proportions and upright posture of the work provides the sculpture with an unexpected figurative element contributing a human, personal side, to this bold, architectural work.