Public Art

Gormley Statue
One of Anthony Gormley’s Blind Light iron statues, silhouetted against the green grass of the National Theatre’s fly-tower, as sown by artists Ackroyd and Harvey.

Gormley statue atop the NT
I went via Waterloo Bridge this morning to snap the same view in the daylight. Only then did I notice that another statue was perched on the roof of the National Theatre. And, once you’ve noticed one, you suddenly notice them all – sentinels atop dozens of buildings along the Embankment, and the South Bank. It is as if they have crawled out from their hiding places to watch you.


Meanwhile, it seems Trafalgar Square is getting a lawn too, and Laura Cumming writes an interesting critique of Anthony Gormley’s work in The Observer:

But Blind Light is no sort of mystical experience. It is from the art funfair, and whatever Gormley says about undermining space or making the people into the art, I notice there is no spiritual-scientific mumbo-jumbo in his title. In that sense, although it seems to be a one-off, it is a true sign of the way Gormley is heading. Which is straight towards ever-greater recognition and visibility. Spot the Gormley on the roof, up the hill, at the beach, in the movie.

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  1. I woke up in the middle of the night yesterday, and found myself watching a programme about Gormley.
    I like the statues on the South Bank, but am not so keen on the ones on Crosby beach, just a stone’s throw from my father-in-law’s house. Recently, planning consent was given for them to be a permanent fixture/structure there.
    Crosby beach, although it has houses and flats overlooking it, is a wild place, where the incoming tide rears up over the ‘promenade’ on a windy day, and where the view across the mouth of the Mersey is of the distant mountains of Snowdonia.
    Interesting as Gormley’s sculptures are, I feel that this is not the place for a permanent installation.

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