Thursday, July 07, 2016

To Another Place

My exploration of the UK's railway network found me on Merseyrail's Northern Line yesterday.

I was headed for the delightfully named Blundellsands and Crosby station.

The beach hereabouts is very nice, but many visitors don't come for the sand.

Nor do they come to see the flora on the dunes, interesting though it may be.

High tide is probably not the best time to visit 'Another Place', Antony Gormley's installation of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, see here.

But with time to spare one can watch the figures gradually being covered by the incoming tide, and being revealed as the water recedes.

And there is the added attraction of watching the ships arriving and leaving Liverpool docks.

I can vouch for the coffee and friendly welcome in the nearby leisure centre, and after a good exploration of the promenade, I was able to get close to a couple of the figures nearest the shore.

The elements are beginning to take their toll.

Each figure weighs 650 kilos and all were made from casts of the artist's own body. The following is from the original proposal in 1997, here: "The sculptures are made from 17 body-casts taken from my body (protected by a thin layer of wrapping plastic) between the 19th of May and the 10th of July. The sculptures are all standing in a similar way, with the lungs more or less inflated and their postures carrying different degrees of tension or relaxation."

Of course, not everyone is a fan, for all sorts of reasons, see here, especially when it was proposed to site the figures permanently at Crosby, after they had been displayed at beaches at Cuxhaven, Germany, at Stavanger in Norway, and De Panne in Belgium.

But I enjoyed seeing the installation, watching the effect of the tides, and attempting to understand what was in the artist's mind.

And I was pleased to see the RNLI patrolling the beach, or indeed the promenade, as it was high tide.

A great day out!

Photos © Skip Cottage

1 comment:

  1. Nice pics of the Gormley's there Bob - they're really great aren't they - we visited them around dusk a few years back with the tide out - it was quite something!

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