Crosby Beach near Liverpool in England features a permanent art installation called Another Place by sculptor Antony Gormley, consisting of 100 cast-iron statues of naked men (based on the artist) scattered around the beach. During low tide, they’re standing in the sand; as the high tide rushes in, the waves crash around them, eventually immersing the furthest to sea up to their necks in water. Over the years, the effects of erosion, as well as the growth of barnacles and seaweed, have added an individual distinction to each statue. Visitors, too, enjoy giving the statues a personal touch, adorning them in such accoutrements as life jackets, raincoats, and hula skirts.
The exhibit began at a beach in Cuxhaven, Germany, in 1997; from there, it traveled to Stavanger, Norway, and De Panne, Belgium. Its residence at Crosby Beach was supposed to last only from 2005 – 2006, after which it would move on to New York. However, area residents loved it so much that they successfully petitioned for it to stay.
Antony Gormley’s work includes a number of similar projects, including his current installation Horizon Field in the Austrian Alps. You can find out more about him on his website.
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© Karen Joslin, 2011