Another Place

by Gethin Thomas December. 15, 2020 360 views

These are old photos revisited and re-edited, taken in 2006 not long after this sculpture installation was moved from Stavanger in Norway. I had originally seen pictures of the installation in Norway and thought it would be great to see it but at that time couldn't really see me travelling there just for that reason. Next thing I saw it had been moved temporarily to Crosby near Liverpool, now that was a lot nearer than Norway so off I went. At the time I visited, the official plan was for it to be removed but there was a huge outcry locally to have it remain there. Not long after this visit it was decided that the installation would remain permanently, or at least until it rusted away.

Another Place is a piece of modern sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley located at Crosby Beach in Merseyside, England. It consists of 100 cast iron figures facing towards the sea. The figures are modelled on the artist's own naked body. The work proved controversial due to the naked statues but has increased tourism to the beach. After being exhibited at two other locations it was put on display at Crosby on 1 July 2005. After some controversy Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council decided on 7 March 2007 that the sculptures should be permanently installed at the beach.

The work consists of cast iron figures which face out to sea, spread over a 2-mile (3.2 km) stretch of beach between Waterloo and Blundellsands. Each figure is 189 centimetres (6 ft 2 in) tall and weighs around 650 kilograms (1,430 lb). The figures are cast replicas of Gormley's own body. As the tides ebb and flow, the figures are revealed and submerged by the sea.

Gormley's reason for choosing Crosby Beach as the location was that he thought of the beach as being "the opposite of pretty. It is terrific and brutal and is a working beach"

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

The beach has a red flag rating, typically indicating danger and for visitors to not enter the water. There have been numerous incidents over the years of visitors getting trapped in quicksand. Some incidents have been attributed to the iron men sculptures, with visitors venturing beyond the safety point to see the sculptures.

Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, OBE (born 30 August 1950), is a British sculptor. His works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998; Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool; and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation which premiered in London in 2007, around Madison Square in New York City, in 2010, in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2015–16.

Almost all his work takes the human body as its subject, with his own body used in many works as the basis for metal casts. "the closest experience of matter that I will ever have and the only part of the material world that I live inside."

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Camellia Staab 4 months ago

Interesting piece of art but do you have any idea why there are circular knobs on his legs, back and chest?  I tried to look up but no information was given.

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Camellia Staab 4 months ago

I don't know for certain but I think they are the pour holes for the mould where the molten metal is poured in. Normally they are removed but in this case they have been left as a feature.

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Rachele Schneekloth 4 months ago

This is so interesting! I love the piece! And your photos!

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