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Another Place ….”where we have this diurnal exchange between object of contemplation and a field effect.  This horizontal plane is absolute; with every tide the bodies are obscured, they disappear under the surface. It is your memory of those present but absent-from-view material bodies that you project onto an empty sea.”

(ANTONY GORMLEYBODY SPACE AND BODY TIME: LIVING IN SCULPTURE, 2011)

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“Our baptism begins with the fluid bath of the cell; we are made from water, though, at least in Britain, our weight is measured in ‘stones’. The antinomy of stone and water, central to all sculptural making and erosion, is a recurring dynamic in these sculptures; like stones cast in water, they ring outwards to the next point or node.”

(SUSAN STEWART – ON ANOTHER PLACE, IN THE SCULPTOR AS FIRST FINDER, 2007, From ANTONY GORMLEY: BLIND LIGHT, The Hayward Gallery, The South Bank Centre, London)

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“The work deals with the theme of migration as the figures look out at a new horizon, but the complex administrative arrangements in staging it – he has had to come to an accommodation with a ‘horrendous variety of authorities’, including the coastguards, the RSPB and various local government agencies – has also raised interesting questions. ‘It has illustrated that no landscape is innocent, no landscape is uncontrolled,’ he explains. ‘Every landscape has a hidden social dimension to do with both its natural usage and the politics of territory. And I do like the idea that attempting to ask questions about the place of art in our lives reveals these complex human and social matrices.'”

(NICHOLAS WROE, QUOTING ANTONY GORMLEY, THE GUARDIAN, 25th JUNE 2005)

“Each person is making it again… for some it might be about human evolution, for others it will be about death and where we go, where our bodies finally belong, do they belong to the earth and the elements? And I think that’s what’s amazing about in a way the work of now – contemporary art, it’s no longer representing the ideology of a dominant class it’s actually an open space that people can make their own.”

(ANTONY GORMLEY IN BBC INTERVIEW, 2005)

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“When you look out across the beach it will be difficult to distinguish what is a statue and what is a person and that is the condition of art which I am interested in.”

(ANTONY GORMLEY IN BBC INTERVIEW)

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