Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

British muralist sculptor
Date of Birth: 30.08.1950
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Antony Gormley
  2. Exploring the Relationship between the Personal and the Public
  3. Another Place: A Controversial Landscape Project
  4. Event Horizon: Bronze Figures in London
  5. Waste Man: A Sculpture Made of Domestic Waste
  6. Award-Winning Artist
  7. One & Other: A Participatory Project

Biography of Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley is a renowned British sculptor and monumental artist, known for his large-scale projects such as the 20-meter tall Angel of the North, the 30-meter tall Quantum Cloud in Greenwich, and many others. He was born in London in 1950 and obtained a degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Art from Trinity College, Cambridge. After traveling in India for three years, Gormley returned to London and studied at the Central School of Art, Goldsmiths College, and Slade School of Art.

Antony Gormley

Exploring the Relationship between the Personal and the Public

Gormley's work focuses on the interplay between the personal and the public in large-scale installations such as Allotment (1997), Domain Field (2003), and Another Place (2005). The artist directs his gaze towards the human body, exploring its relationship with the surrounding environment and architecture. One of his most well-known works, the Angel of the North (1995/98), has become a milestone in contemporary British sculpture. Field (1994), an installation consisting of hundreds or thousands of small clay sculptures created by local communities, has been realized in various locations worldwide, engaging local communities across four continents.

Antony Gormley

Another Place: A Controversial Landscape Project

In Sefton, a county in Britain, authorities allowed Gormley to create Another Place, a landscape project consisting of one hundred cast iron sculptures, each weighing 650 kilograms and standing at human height, along a three-kilometer stretch of coastline. Local authorities and several activist groups, including fishermen, coastguards, windsurfers, and ornithologists, initially resisted this project. However, they eventually agreed to the installation, with the condition that the artist relocate nineteen sculptures further inland, as reported by "The Guardian" newspaper. Since 1997, the project has traveled across Europe, with Gormley installing his sculptures in Belgium, Norway, and Germany.

Event Horizon: Bronze Figures in London

In 2007, Gormley created Event Horizon, a project featuring thirty-one life-sized bronze male figures placed on prominent buildings in London. The aim of the project was to promote Gormley's exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, and it garnered significant attention from the public.

Waste Man: A Sculpture Made of Domestic Waste

In 2006, Gormley created Waste Man, a giant figure made entirely of domestic waste. Approximately thirty tons of items, such as beds, tables, chairs, toilet seats, and pianos, were used to construct this sculpture. It took six weeks to create, but the piece was subsequently burned in just thirty-two minutes.

Award-Winning Artist

Gormley was honored with the Turner Prize in 1994 and the South Bank Prize in 1999 for his outstanding contributions to the field of sculpture. His works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the 8th Documenta.

One & Other: A Participatory Project

From July 6 to October 14, 2009, Gormley invited residents of the United Kingdom to participate in his project called One & Other. He offered anyone interested the opportunity to occupy the empty plinth on Trafalgar Square in London (a space typically reserved for statues of kings and generals) as themselves or as representatives of humanity as a whole. Each day, for twenty-four hours, one hundred different individuals could take their turn on the plinth. The rules were simple: the person had to remain on the plinth for one hour and could do anything within the confines of the law.