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Another Tide, Another Place

26th March 2012

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We all catch ourselves staring off into the distance, daydreaming of who knows what on occasion. Well, these 100 solid cast-iron figures spend all their days doing this. This is of course Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ at Crosby Beach. Spread over 3km of beach stretching 1km out to sea these forms made in the artist’s own image create a fantastic spectacle.

Well, that is what I am led to believe. I visited Crosby Beach at the time of a high spring tide and only saw a couple of figures up close and personal. Lots of heads and shoulders were appearing from the grey water but, unfortunately tide waits for no man, not even 100 Antony Gormley’s.

I would recommend going to have a look at this installation, but make sure to check the tide timetable first! What I did see was great. The sea is making it’s mark on the figures and so the art is constantly, if slowly, changing. Other people have also left their mark. Unfortunately, the beach was filthy showing evidence of being on a main shipping route and peoples total disregard for litter bins. But, on a more positive note someone had painted a bikini on one of the figures. I wouldn’t normally condone such vandalism but somehow it seemed to fit. It didn’t look as it the local council had tried to remove the paint so I’d like to think that the artist would appreciate someone ‘adding’ to his work.

So, next time you find yourself staring off into space, spare a thought for the figures in ‘Another Place’. At least you will probably be fully clothed and not up to your neck in murky sea water in March!

More pictures are available to see by clicking here – including the bikini clad figure.


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