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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),an amazing image that some of us may consider it creepy along with other adjectives like outstanding, brilliant or natural.
Antony Mark David Gormley, Officer of the Order of the British Empire and Royal Academician (born 30 August 1950), is a British sculptor, and one of his best known works is Another place on Crosby beach which we will present you further on.
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 sculptures 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 permanently erected on Crosby Beach, England, it was due to be moved to New York in November 2006, but there was a controversial proposal to retain the work at Crosby. It was stated in the local paper, the Crosby Herald, that they may stay for a decade, but at a meeting on 7 March 2007, Sefton Council accepted proposals that would allow the sculptures to be kept permanently at Crosby Beach.
Another Place is a subject of local controversy in Merseyside. Some consider the statues to be “pornographic” due to the inclusion of a simplified penis on the statues, while others see them as beautiful pieces of art which have brought increased tourism revenue to the local area.
It`s only natural for us to have different opinions and beliefs, so therefore an artist can`t satisfy everybody, we all know that artist are hard to understand.
In my opinion, we should all find the time to stop and admire the beauty of the world around us, while it is still here, while we are still here.In a never ending changing world, all that is worth mentioning in the end are the smiles and the beautiful things we`ve done and seen.