Saturday, 16 May 2009

Another Place


Thursday was Karen's birthday and she decided to celebrate it by visiting Antony Gormley's Another Place. For those who don't already know, this is a sculpture situated on the beach at Crosby, on the outskirts of Liverpool. It takes the form of 100 life-size, cast iron nude men, distributed over a 3 km stretch of beach. Gormley's own body -as is often the case with his work- was used to make moulds for them.
It's stunning: we spent all afternoon there, walking among them. Time flew. At high tide they are all more-or-less covered, at low tide, exposed. At other times some can be seen in their entirety on the beach while others can be seen out at sea, up to their waists and necks in the water. The effect is uncanny and visually engaging. All the iron men are set facing out to sea, gazing at the passing ships (there are a lot of these, close by, as the beach is next to the docks) and the off-shore windfarm which, when we visited, was wrapped in a sea-fret that would have had Turner fumbling for his note-pad.
In the end we made for a takeaway. We bought ourselves a pizza and returned to the beach with it, sitting in the car in the rain to eat it, along with a birthday cake we'd brought with us.

13 comments:

Ernesto said...

I love the photos.

Heather said...

Wonderful photos and a lovely way to spend one's birthday - those figures are amazing. Thankyou for visiting my blog and telling me about the passion flower. I have recently planted one and wont panic if it appears to die on me.

John Hayes said...

Not much can beat a birthday by the sea, & the statue installation seems-- to use Heather's appropriate word--"amazing."

Dave King said...

What a wonderful birthday present - it's top of my "must visit" list.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Ernesto: Just snapped with a mobile phone. The light was terrible, so didn't go to a lot of trouble.

Heather: Apparently passion flowers like grotty ground (rubble, etc.), but don't quote me.

John: One of the good things about living here is that it's not that far from the sea - to both the East and the West.

Dave: It's one of those things definitely worth a detour if you have reason to travel up the M6. Likewise, Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre.

Pure fiction said...

I never knew this place existed but I'll definitely be making a detour there the next time I head to England - brilliant(not only the idea but the fact that it was allowed to become a reality) Thanks for the visit. I'll be back.

Rachel Fox said...

Gormley has the secret something that's for sure. And I love that he has put major works (like this and the Angel of the North of course) in the north of England. Art is for a whole country - not just it's capital.
x

Lyn said...

This is so magnetic..and not because it's iron! What a surrealistic place to be! Lucky you...

Sorlil said...

Sounds like a lovely day! I also love the Gormley figures.

Poetikat said...

Your blog is always fascinating, Dominic and I would probably never have known of this installation were it not for my stopping by here. It really is an incredible thing and I envy you your day of wandering amongst "all the iron men" (sounds a bit like a W.W. II novel title, doesn't it)?
Awesome (the way it was meant to be used).

Kat

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments.

PF: Yes, it's well worth a visit, and it's well served by UK motorways. If you're on the M6, just take the M58 to Aintree, near Liverpool. Crosby's not far.

RF: He does have that something - I suspect its something to do with his work being intensely human. I'm reminded of Harry Partch's "corporeal" music, which I blogged about a couple of posts back.

Lyn: What really strikes you is the way all these mass-produced iron men are gazing out not only to sea but straight at a lot of industrial stuff: Liverpool stage left, loads of ships coming and going, offshore windfarm...

Sorlil: Certainly was. Directions above!

Poetikat: Thank you for saying so. It certainly is an awesome place. The Gormley figures have transformed it into such.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Thank you for showing me these figures! I had no idea this sculpture (singular? plural? not sure...) existed, and it sounds like remarkable, enigmatic spot to visit.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for dropping in. It's usually referred to in the singular and you hit the nail on the head: it is a remarkable, enigmatic place.