Over the years I have been intrigued by the art of Antony Gormley. I was impressed by the ‘Angel of the North’ during my visit to England years ago. When preparing my trip to Liverpool this November, I learned that Crosby Beach with 100 iron men was close by. So I had to go there! It appeared to be a magical place to visit, especially at sunset. The beach is filled wth iron men, all gazing towards the sea. Some of them are covered in shells and sea plants. During the high tide, the statues are completey submerged, so the sea and its animals are making it their own again, I guess. 😉
The sculpture consists of 100 cast iron figures which face out to sea, spread over a 2 mile (3.2 km) stretch of the beach between Waterloo and Blundellsands. Each figure is 189 cm tall (nearly 6 feet 2½ inches) and weighs around 650 kg (over 1400 lb).
In common with most of Gormley’s work, the figures are cast replicas of the artist’s own body. As the tides ebb and flow, the figures are revealed and submerged by the sea. The figures were cast at two foundries, Hargreaves Foundry in Halifax, West Yorkshire and Joseph and Jesse Siddons Foundry in West Bromwich.
Another Place was first exhibited on the beach of Cuxhaven, Germany in 1997 and after that in Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium. Now it is permanently visible at Crosby Beach, a few miles north of Liverpool, England.