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Margate's Antony Gormley iron statue outside Turner Contemporary to stay until 2030

The Antony Gormley iron man statue looking out to sea at Margate will be in town for another 10 years, it has been announced.

The cast iron sculpture, which was installed on Fulsam Rock next to Turner Contemporary three years ago, has been granted a longer stay and will remain in situ until November 2030.

Antony Gormley's sculpture outside the Turner in Margate
Antony Gormley's sculpture outside the Turner in Margate

The artwork is visible for about three hours before low tide, so for visitors to make sure they see it, they need to check the daily tides.

The Another Time sculpture is part of a series of 100 solid cast-iron figures by artist Antony Gormley, who is known for his sculptures and installations that explore the experience of being human, of inhabiting a human body.

Individual sculptures from Another Time were installed all over the world, with two also sited in Folkestone as part of the Folkestone Triennial.

Antony Gormley's sculpture faces out to sea
Antony Gormley's sculpture faces out to sea

Gormley - best known for the Angel of the North sculpture in Gateshead - cast them from his own body saying they were “an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time".

Made from iron, the industrial method of casting the sculpture is readable on its surface, while invisible joint lines reveal the way the plaster mould was divided and reassembled prior to casting.

The Turner gallery is currently closed and not due to open until February, 2021.

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