Another Place (sculpture)

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A portion of the installation showing the relation between three of the figures

Another Place is a piece of modern sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley located at Crosby Beach in Liverpool City Region, England. It consists of 100 cast iron figures facing towards the sea. The figures are modelled on the artist's own naked body.[1] The work proved controversial due to the "offensive" nature of the naked statues but has increased tourism to the beach. After being exhibited at two other locations in Europe a meeting by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council on 7 March 2007 decided that the sculptures should be permanently installed at the beach. [2][3]

Construction and history[edit]

A view of one of the figures

The work consists of cast iron figures which face out to sea, spread over a 2-mile (3.2 km) stretch of the beach between Waterloo and Blundellsands. Each figure is 189 cm tall (nearly 6 feet 2½ inches) and weighs around 650 kg (over 1400 lb). The figures are cast replicas of Gormley's own body. As the tides ebb and flow, the figures are, respectively, revealed and submerged by the sea.

The figures were cast at two foundries: Hargreaves Foundry in Halifax, West Yorkshire and the Joseph and Jesse Siddons Foundry in West Bromwich by foundryman Derek Alexander.[4]

Another Place was first exhibited on the beach of Cuxhaven, Germany, in 1997 followed by Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium.

Public reception[edit]

Another Place at sunset

Another Place was the subject of much controversy in Merseyside, despite many people considering the figures to be beautiful pieces of art, which have generated increased revenue from tourism in the local area.[5]

Originally, the statues were due to be relocated in November 2007. Those who use the beach for watersports were among the most vocal in their resistance to the figures remaining, citing safety concerns.[citation needed] The coastguard also expressed safety concerns, fearing that tourists could become stuck in soft sand and get cut off by the tide.[2] Conservationists, meanwhile, complained that bird-feeding areas had been compromised by the increased tourist traffic.[2] Art lovers and local businesses, on the other hand, lobbied for the statues to stay. Gormley himself supported the proposal to keep the statues at Crosby Beach, saying the location was "ideal".[6]

Barnacles growing on one of the figures

In October 2006, the local council refused to give permission for the statues to stay, prompting Gormley to criticise what he called Britain's "risk-averse culture." He stated, "When I have been down on the beach myself, the majority of people have been intrigued, amused, sometimes very moved."[7]

The company Another Place Ltd was established to campaign for the figures' permanent installation and appealed the council's decision.[2]

In March 2007, permission was granted for Another Place to remain at Crosby Beach permanently.[2][3] The approved plan provided for 16 statues to be moved from contentious areas and decreased the installation's area from 232 to 195 hectares. The full cost of such work was estimated at £194,000, to be paid by Another Place Ltd with funding from sources including The Northern Way and Northwest Development Agency.[8]

In a press release, the Chief Executive of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Graham Haywood, said, "Despite some controversy, this internationally renowned artwork has aroused national and international public and media support ... The Iron Men have placed Crosby and Sefton firmly in the spotlight and the knock-on benefits of this should be felt for years to come."[9]

In 2012, biologists from the University of Liverpool studied the colonisation of the statues by sessile intertidal organisms, such as invasive species of barnacles.[10]

Similar works[edit]

Gormley has produced other works using similar life-sized iron statues.

Time Horizon[edit]

A second set of the same 100 figures were cast in 2006 for a new installation called Time Horizon. These were installed amongst a grove of olive trees at the Archaeological Park of Scolacium near Catanzaro in Calabria, Italy.[11] The figures are set into the ground and face in a variety of directions, creating an effect very different from that of Another Place.

Event Horizon[edit]

Event Horizon consists of 31 statues placed on buildings around London.

Horizon Field[edit]

Horizon Field comprises 100 statues placed across 150 square kilometres in the Austrian Alps.

Images[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Another Place by Antony Gormley". Sefton Council. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Gormley's statues stay out to sea, BBC News, 7 March 2007, retrieved 8 March 2007 
  3. ^ a b Iron Men to stay in Crosby, Crosby Herald, 8 March 2007, retrieved 8 March 2007 
  4. ^ "J&J Siddons - Foundry - Home". jjsiddons.co.uk. 
  5. ^ Ward, David (20 October 2006), Gormley's iron men will have to go, planning committee rules, London: The Guardian, retrieved 3 December 2006 
  6. ^ Carter, Helen (26 October 2006), Time waits for the cast-iron men, London: The Guardian, retrieved 1 December 2006 
  7. ^ The Risk of Enjoying Art on the Shore, Reuters via The Epoch Times, 28 October 2006, archived from the original on 6 July 2007, retrieved 22 July 2007 
  8. ^ Iron Men are on the move, Crosby Herald, 19 July 2007, retrieved 22 July 2007 
  9. ^ Press release: Green Light For Iron Men, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, retrieved 22 July 2007 
  10. ^ Bracewell, S. A.; Spencer, M.; Marrs, R. H.; Iles, M.; Robinson, L. A. (2012). Thrush, Simon, ed. "Cleft, Crevice, or the Inner Thigh: 'Another Place' for the Establishment of the Invasive Barnacle Austrominius modestus (Darwin, 1854)". PLoS ONE. 7 (11): e48863. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048863. PMC 3492251Freely accessible. PMID 23145000. 
  11. ^ Time Horizon, Archaeological Park of Scolacium, archived from the original on 10 January 2007, retrieved 22 April 2007 

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Coordinates: 53°28′12″N 3°02′46″W / 53.470°N 3.046°W / 53.470; -3.046