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!)
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.
- 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.