john davies
notes from a small curate

    July 2005

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    Martin Rickett/PA: Antony Gormley's Another Place, Crosby beach
    from TimesOnline

    It's a long way from here to gaze on the inspiring frame of the Angel of the North, very often. Which is a shame. So imagine my pleasure on discovering that Antony Gormley had brought Another Place to the bottom of the road - the road where my parents still live, the beach I played on as a child and have always loved walking, and always will, right throughout life. There's a hundred cast-iron naked Gormley figures each weighing 650 kilos, rising out of the sand, looking out to the North Wales hills just like every visitor to that beach does, enraptured by the great view.

    They reckon there'll be 600,000 extra visitors to Crosby beach over the next 18 months, to see this astonishing creation. Gormley described Another Place to the Liverpool 08 website in these terms:

    "The seaside is a good place to do this. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth's substance. In this work human life is tested against planetary time. This sculpture exposes to light and time the nakedness of a particular and peculiar body. It is no hero, no ideal, just the industrially reproduced body of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe, facing a horizon busy with ships moving materials and manufactured things around the planet."

    "Time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements," ... and this particular cast is tested by a dog no doubt about to make its mark on this very bold piece of public art.

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