Yesterday, Max and I finally decided to head up to Crosby Beach to see Antony Gormley’s mega-famous art installation “Another Place”.
A day at the beach in November perhaps wasn’t the best idea in the World, as it was literally freezing and we got battered with winds, however it had that added bonus of fantastic autumnal light, which comes at a very convenient time of day, and so we decided to make the most of it, plus the tidal times were in our favour.
Beautiful place, fantastic artwork, wish I lived a bit closer so that I could visit it more often!
Further details about the installation are below, along with a gallery of images from the day.
This image gallery (Antony Gormley – Another Place, 3 November 2012, by Gari Davies) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Antony Gormley’s Another Place
Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometers of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. Contractors spent three weeks lifting the figures into place and driving them into the beach on the-metre-high foundation piles.The artwork was brought to the area by South Sefton Development Trust, an organisation set up by the South Sefton Partnership to continue its regeneration work in the area.The project received support from Mersey Waterfront programme, the Northwest Regional Development Agency, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company and the Arts Council. The project was also included in the ‘Welcome to the North’ Programme, a Public Art Initiative funded by the Northern Way.Another Place has attracted a huge amount of interest in the area with large numbers of people – including families and school parties – visiting the beach to see the statues.In addition, the artwork has generated extensive coverage of South Sefton in both the press and broadcast media.The Another Place figures – each one weighing 650 kilos – are made from casts of the artist’s own body and are shown at different stages of rising out of the sand, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation.The work is seen as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration – sadness at leaving, but the hope of a new future in another place.The artwork was previously displayed in Cruxhaven in Germany, Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium. In November 2006 the statues were expected to move to New York but it was later decided that they would remain on Crosby beach.
(If travelling by train, I’d suggest going to Waterloo (Merseyside) if you’d like the full walk, or Blundellsands & Crosby (as we inadvertently did) if you’d like the most direct route to the beach, which comes out about mid-way)