Life-sized Antony Gormley sculpture to sit on chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary in Margate
PUBLISHED: 12:19 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:19 25 July 2017
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The piece by the artist, best known for creating the Angel of the North, will be completely submerged beneath the sea at high tide
A life-sized sculpture from the artist who created the Angel of the North has been approved to sit on the chalk bed in front of Margate’s Turner Contemporary.
Visible from the gallery windows, Antony Gormley says his solitary figure invites visitors to reflect upon the fundamental experience of being human, of inhabiting a human body.
Like other works by Gormley, including on Crosby Beach, near Liverpool, it is a cast of his own body, offering a trace of its existence.
It makes up part of his series, Another Time, a series of one hundred sculptures across the UK which are identical to the hundred sculptures of his 2007 work, Another Place.
This summer, visitors can also see two of Gormley’s cast iron, life-sized sculptures in Folkestone, when a pair of figures will be placed on the shoreline.
These sculptures of national significance will be in place between July and November as part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial.
The site in Margate is part of Thanet’s stretch of coastal chalk which is the longest in the UK.
On the chalk below the tide, it will be surrounded by colourful sponges and anemones along with a variety of crab and fish species, while at high tide, the sculpture will be completely submerged beneath the sea.
The installation of the sculpture will take place over the next three weeks after Thanet District Council granted planning permission.
Sarah Martin, head of exhibitions at Turner Contemporary said: “We are thrilled to feature Antony Gormley’s sculpture as part of our summer season at Turner Contemporary.
“Stepping beyond the walls of the gallery and siting artworks in outdoor spaces is both hugely exciting and logistically complex.
“After months of work behind the scenes, it’s brilliant to see the installation work begin.
“A celebration of our extraordinary views of the North Sea - it will undoubtedly capture imaginations.”
Rob Kenyon, director of community services at Thanet District Council added: “We are delighted to have approved a life sized Antony Gormley sculpture.
“He is one of Britain’s finest contemporary artists and we are excited that the people of Thanet can enjoy his work.
“The planned installation celebrates our unique location – at the edge of both land and sea.
“It will be visible or disappear according to the tide, increasing the sense of mystery and charm.
“The human scale and magical setting will make this installation a deeply moving work.
“Thanet’s creative and tourist industry is already booming and this will be yet another reason for people to visit our fantastic coastline and the first class Turner Contemporary.”