Antony Gormley’s Another Place

Antony Gormley’s Another Place

I did the equivalent of an ‘A’ level in Art 32 years ago so I know very little really about art and architecture. I do know what I like though and my love of art and architecture has grown over the years (still have no idea what all the different styles are but again I know what I like!)

Gormley Another Place

And one artist I do like is Antony Gormley. I lived in the North-East of England when the ‘Angel of the North’ was installed (is that the right word???) I love it and I always get a buzz when we pass it on the way up to my childhood home.

Anyway I have seen a couple of his sculptures recently – ‘Another Place’ – which can be found on Crosby Beach near Liverpool and ‘Sound II’ which can be found at Winchester Cathedral (a post coming on that soon so I will include the Antony Gormley then)

Anyway lets concentrate on ‘Another Place’ as thats what I want to talk about! So what is it, where is it, how do you get to see it?

WHAT IS ANTONY GORMLEY’S ”ANOTHER PLACE”

Another Place is a a piece of modern sculpture consisting of 100 life size cast iron figures which stand at various places over a 3 kilometre stretch of Crosby Beach. They all stand facing the horizon. They are all identical and were modelled on Mr Gormley himself.

The figures were displayed in a few places in Europe – Cuxhaven in Germany, Stavenger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium. But we have them now! Yes due to the amazing foresight of an English Borough Council they are there at Crosby Beach forever!

The figures each weigh 650 kilos and each one stands looking out at the distant horizon. They are spread all over the beach foreshore and some have been planted (?) a little deeper than others.

I think it is the most perfect location in the world for them to be. There are the Liverpool docks not too far away and we watched lots of cargo ships going in and out. All going to another place or coming from one anyway! The figures seem to stand staring longingly at the boats – and the horizon. They are like me – I am always standing looking for another place (metaphorically at least).

Antony Gormley himself I believe felt that Crosby Beach was perfect. He describes how Another Place ” harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man’s relationship with nature.” Obviously what better place than on a beach?? (see Visit Liverpool)

WHERE IS IT?

As I mentioned they are at Crosby Beach near Liverpool. They are spread over a 3 km area and some are too far out to get to. In fact there are clear warnings to visitors to stay within 50 metres of the promenade at all times and not to attempt to walk out to the furthest figures. There are areas of soft sand and mud and a risk of changing tide so it is very important to follow these safety guidelines. Some of the patches we walked on (within the 50 metre radius were soft and quite hard going – it felt a bit like quick sand)

HOW TO GET THERE?

Drive – There is a car park next to the beach. Not sure on the charge but I don’t think it was free!

Train – We took the train! You can access it via 3 railway stations – Waterloo, Blundellsands and Crosby or the one we arrived at – Hall Road. Its a short walk to the beach from there.

TIPS

  • Check the tides! You don’t want to arrive and find the tide is in! We arrived at low tide.
  • It is a dog friendly beach so take your pooches along!
  • There is a food van selling hot drinks and bacon sandwiches etc! And check out the starlings when you buy your cuppa!
  • Wear wellies/trainers or shoes that can cope with the sticky sands – I had old trainers on which were fine but were covered in sand by the time we had had a good walk on the beach.

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38 Comments

    • January 12, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      He is very famous and an amazing artist. Pity you missed them in Belgium Jurga they are an amazing sight.

  1. January 12, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    wow very cool sculptures! I love unique artists and how they approach it. Never heard of him but very very cool
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    • January 12, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Yes he is amazing. If you look up the Angel of the North you may recognise that work as it is very famous.

  2. January 13, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    This was such an interesting read! I like hearing about quirky local sites. I can imagine this to be a bit creepy in twilight hours… if you’re just strolling along the beach and see in the distance figures just standing there standing out into the horizon!
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    • January 13, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      I agree! It was ok in the daylight but at night 100 figures staring out to sea must be a bit creepy!

    • January 15, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      They are really worth visiting – an amazing sight!

    • January 15, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Yes definitely stop off to see them – 100 identical man-size statues staring out to sea is quite impressive

  3. January 15, 2017 / 6:41 am

    Very cool installation. Thanks for sharing.

  4. January 15, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I love Antony Gormley and Another Place, in fact we’ve been there a couple of times. We’ve also seen them on the ferry to the Isle of Man, which makes for another perspective on the installation. Nice post, thanks for sharing.
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    • January 15, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Oh I can imagine! That would be cool!

  5. January 15, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I really like unique/quirky things like this. I had not heard of this but I would definitely take the time to go check it out. Thanks for sharing something new to me!

    • January 15, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Yes they are great and very different!

  6. January 15, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    How interesting is this and those statues are pretty cool. I love history and this has definitely made me want to go exploring Antony Gormley.

    • January 15, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Definitley Mel I think you will like his work.

  7. January 16, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I grew up in Leeds so I’ve seen the Angel of the North so many times! I never really thought about the guy behind it so this was so interesting to read! Thanks for sharing… I’m totally going to have to visit his other work now!

    • January 16, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Yes definitely go and see his other works – he is an amazing artist. I love the Angel of the North – will be going for a closer inspection on my next visit!

  8. January 17, 2017 / 2:06 am

    This is so fascinating! I’d never heard of Another Place before … but of course, if you can dream it, it likely exists. I think if I visited I’d be intrigued, but also perhaps a little creeped out! It must be eerie, standing at low- to no-tide and seeing these identical statues dotting the horizon.

    Love the little Starlings. So cute. 😀

    • January 18, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Definitely worth a visit Anna – its pretty amazing to see. The starlings were so funny!

    • January 18, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      They are pretty amazing to see – we really enjoyed the walk up the beach checking them all out! (well the ones close to shore)

  9. January 17, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    It might be worth going out there just for a bacon sandwich!! I have been to Liverpool many times and never heard of these statues, I’ve heard of the Angel of the North. I’ll take the train out to Crosby next time I’m there.

    • January 18, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      Let me know what you think? We loved them – its a lovely place to have a stroll then a cuppa and a bacon sandwich to warm you up afterwards. We will be going again.

  10. January 18, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    I’m the same with art and architecture but feel I’m slowly learning. Travel definitely helps you with that I think. I love public art or free days at art galleries as then everyone gets to experience it. Looks like a fascinating art installation, especially when you can see them all spread out. Neat!
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    • January 18, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Definitely David I totally agree! i have quite a few galleries and museums on my list to visit in the next few months!

    • January 19, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      It was great – we really enjoyed it!

  11. January 20, 2017 / 1:00 am

    Of course you took a train haha! I love it! I never made it to that part of England and I massively regret it. No other option to come back and check it out. You did say it’s a permanent display right? I wonder how deep in the sand the statues must be buried that they don’t fall over with the soft sands and changing tides. Very interesting indeed. I have heard of statues under water for scuba divers and this is a little bit like the same thing.
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    • January 20, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Hi Kreete they are all buried at different depths – it is quite a sight!

    • January 20, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      I hope you get to visit it as it is a fantastic sight!

  12. January 20, 2017 / 7:32 am

    I did not know you grew up in the South West of England, my hubby’s Dad is a Geordie so we have visited the Angel of the North and it must have been so interesting being around when that was erected! As for Another Place, I didn’t know it was called that but it’s somewhere my friend mentioned to me not so long ago and we were going to go on a photography trip there, all I knew before now was that there was a beach with iron statues! Reading this has brought it all to light for me and given me all the information I need so thank you, I have pinned this for future reference. #feetdotravel

    • January 20, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      Yes the North East (I am guessing your laptop autocorrected that) so a Geordie lass!

    • January 22, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Great – hope you get to see them – let me know what you thought of them!

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