Monday, January 31, 2011

Anthony Gormley

Whilst visiting Canterbury Cathedral last weekend, we visited a sculpture by Anthony Gormley.

The piece, called Transport, is suspended at the cathedral above the site of the first tomb of Thomas Becket, the archbishop murdered at the altar on December 29, 1170.
The 2m work uses antique iron nails from the cathedral’s repaired south east roof to construct a membrane outlining the space of a floating body.
Gormley, who won the Turner Prize in 1994, is best known for his works such as the Angel Of The North and Another Place on Crosby beach.
Speaking about Transport, Gormley, 60, said: “We are all the temporary inhabitants of a body. I hope to have evoked this in the most direct way possible.”
Several factors which made this work special was the materials used to create, the choice of location of the display and the accessibility. Rather interesting that to view the work you need to pay the £10 admission to the Cathedral (unless you are worshipping) All these factors play a part in my understanding of the art gallery system. (please note pictures are from camera phone)

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