Londonist Stalks...Antony Gormley

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Londonist Stalks...Antony Gormley

Well, the big man’s in town – over thirty times – so we thought it apt to track down his other work in the capital. On the map at the bottom, green points indicate temporary installations that form the Event Horizon project, and purple markers are permanent pieces that predate this show.


1. Quantum Cloud, Greenwich Peninsula

Did you know that London contains a Gormley sculpture taller than the Angel of the North? Quantum Cloud stands 30 metres tall and is composed of hundreds of tetrahedral frames. As you walk past, a seemingly random arrangement of metal rods transforms into the outline of a human figure – a bit like those channel 4 title sequences. The artist is up to his usual tricks, programming the shape of his own body into the sculpture. This is, perhaps, the largest piece of public sculpture in London, but is poorly known thanks to its desolate location. That should change from July, when the reinvigorated Dome reopens for business.


2. The Planets, British Library Forecourt

Gormley proved prescient with this commission, carving eight planetary bodies instead of the established nine. A few years later, Pluto was relegated to planetoid, leaving our solar system with eight grown-up planets. The arrangement shows the octet of celestial bodies treated as (surprise, surprise) folded over human bodies. The granite boulders come from a glacial plane to the south of Sweden. They are arranged around ‘poet’s circle’ so that they appear to orbit the centrally placed viewer.


3. Other life-size sculptures

We’ve also tracked down four further Gormley figures about town, which aren’t part of the Event Horizon stunt. They seem to be congregating on Euston Road. Twin Gormleys gape at one another from either side of a window at number 350. While across the road, the new Wellcome Collection building boasts an upside-down Gormley in its foyer, called ‘Feel’. Finally, the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm has a rooftop Gormley that predates Event Horizon by a few months.

Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated 02 June 2007

The Science Museum owns a Gormley work called Baby which is currently being conserved and should be back on display soon.
The Victoria and Albert Museum also holds three Gormley works in its Drawing Room - an oil and charcoal drawing and two etchings of his fingers and mouth.

And I forgot to mention the bollards on Bellenden Road in Peckham.
The Arts Council Collection (administered via the South Bank Centre) and Tate also own works by Gormley which are not currently on display but are bound to pop up in exhibitions at some point.


ONE of Antony Gormley’s most breathtaking works of arts is returning home to St Helens for the first time.

Field for the British Isles, a collection of 40,000 terracotta army clay figurines, will be displayed in the town this summer.

The individual figures which range between 8-16cm high were handmade out of the town’s famous Ibstock clay bricks.

Some stand out from the crowd because of their size and character, while others are greyer than the earthy reds of the majority.

They were made back in 1993 by more than 100 residents aged seven to 70 at Sutton Manor High School.

Their only instructions were to make the figures between set heights, with a head in proportion to the body and deep eyes.

Gormley described the Field as “25 tons of clay energised by fire, sensitised by touch and made conscious by being given eyes...a field of gazes that looks at the observer making him or her its subject.” A team of volunteers will spend four days installing the Field in a specially constructed space within St Helens College’s foyer in the town.

The internationally-renowned artwork is part of a series of “Field” installations by Gormley around the world.

In 1994 the artist – also responsible for Another Place on Crosby beach – was awarded the Turner Prize for Field, and is perhaps best-known for his large outdoor sculpture Angel of the North.

Tate Liverpool has been a previous venue for Field but it has never been shown in its place of origin.

The installation will sit as a centrepiece in the borough’s contribution to the Capital of Culture celebrations.