Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Antony Gormley: Another Place

British artist Antony Gormley made 100 cast-iron sculptures from a mould of himself, then planted them firmly in the shoreline at Crosby Beach, Merseyside, gazing out across the sea. Interesting.

Gormley, by the way, was just awarded the next commission for the “Fourth Plinth” in Trafalgar Square with a conceptual performance work called “One and Another” that’s designed to provide a “haven for a certain degree of anarchy.”

I quite enjoyed his suggestion for a statue of the new London Mayor himself. “The idea of Boris Johnson not saying anything but simply standing there, with his hair blowing in the wind, looking at the city which he has come to be Mayor of might be a very nice thing,” Gormley said. Heh. Indeed it would.