A sculpture installation by the Turner Prize winning artist Sir Antony Gormley from his Another Time series has been unveiled on the chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary in Margate. He has also revealed a pair of figures In Folkestone as part of the Triennial.
“I wish to celebrate the still and silent nature of sculpture. ANOTHER TIME is necessarily isolated, and is an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time.” – Antony Gormley
The Margate work is from his series ANOTHER TIME. It is visible from the gallery’s panoramic windows, appearing as a solitary figure in inviting the viewer to reflect upon the fundamental experience of being human, of inhabiting a human body. The sculpture which is made of iron is a self-portrait cast from Gormley’s own body, offering a trace of its existence.
The Folkestone, installation depicts a pair of Gormley’s cast iron, life-sized figures, which have been placed on the shoreline. These sculptures of national significance will be in place until 5 November 2017 as part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial, one of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions it is a place where internationally recognised artists are commissioned to create a collection of new artworks to be exhibited in Folkestone’s public spaces. The Triennial is the flagship project of the Creative Foundation, an independent visionary arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of the seaside town through creative activity.
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, colourful sponges, anemones, and sea squirts abound, along with a variety of crab and fish species. At high tide, the sculpture is completely submerged beneath the sea. At low tide, it is visible from the balcony at Turner Contemporary where you can also see works by Phyllida Barlow, Michael Armitage and Jyll Bradley as part of their summer season, Every Day is a New Day.
Gormley, who is best known for the Angel of the North, has developed ANOTHER TIME, a series of one hundred sculptures across the UK and beyond which are identical to the hundred sculptures of ANOTHER PLACE (2007).
Photo: Thierry Bal Photo Courtesy Turner Contemporary Margate