Published: 12:45, 25 July 2017 |
Updated: 12:49, 25 July 2017
The Turner Contemporary gallery will be home to a new sculpture from the artist who created the Angel of the North.
The cast iron work, from Gormley's series ANOTHER TIME, will be sited on the chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary.
Visible from the gallery windows, the solitary figure is a cast of the artist's body.
The sculpture is one of a series of 100 across the UK, which are identical to the 100 sculptures from his 2007 work ANOTHER PLACE.
Mr Gormley said: "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.”
This summer you can also see two of Gormley’s cast iron, life-sized sculptures in Folkestone, a pair of figures will be placed on the shoreline.
These sculptures of national significance will be in place between July and November this year as part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial.
The site in Margate is part of Thanet’s stretch of coastal chalk which is the longest in the UK.
At high tide, the sculpture will be completely submerged beneath the sea.
The installation of the sculpture will take place over the next three weeks.
Sarah Martin, Head of Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary said: "We are thrilled to feature Antony Gormley’s sculpture as part of our summer season at Turner Contemporary.
"Stepping beyond the walls of the gallery and siting artworks in outdoor spaces is both hugely exciting and logistically complex.
"After months of work behind the scenes, it’s brilliant to see the installation work begin. A celebration of our extraordinary views of the North Sea - it will undoubtedly capture imaginations.”
Rob Kenyon, Director of Community Services at Thanet District Council said: "We are delighted to have approved a life-sized Antony Gormley sculpture.
"He is one of Britain’s finest contemporary artists and we are excited that the people of Thanet can enjoy his work.
"The planned installation celebrates our unique location – at the edge of both land and sea. It will be visible or disappear according to the tide, increasing the sense of mystery and charm.
"The human scale and magical setting will make this installation a deeply moving work."
But the work is not the first of Gormley's to feature in Kent.
The artist's first professional commission - rock sculptures which used to stand at Singleton Lakes in Ashford, have now been restored and are sited at the Kent History and Library Centre at Maidstone.
And old nails from the restoration of Canterbury Cathedral were used to design a sculpture housed there.
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