“The history of western sculpture has been concerned with movement. I wish to celebrate the still and silent nature of sculpture. The work is designed to be placed within the flow of lived time.” – Antony Gormley
ANOTHER TIME is a series of one hundred, solid cast-iron figures by Antony Gormley who is known for his sculptures and installations that explore the experience of being human, of inhabiting a human body.
The sculpture in Margate becomes visible about 3 hours before low tide, so to be sure of seeing it, check the daily tide times here.
Individual sculptures from ANOTHER TIME have been installed all over the world, from the River Thames in London to Kunisaki in Japan. A figure has been positioned on Fulsam Rock on the Margate foreshore, visible at low tide from our first floor balcony and from the shoreline behind the gallery. Two sculptures from the series are also sited in Folkestone as part of Double Edge, Folkestone Triennial 2017.
Antony Gormley describes these isolated forms, cast from his own body as “an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time”. Made from iron, a material more usually associated with heavy industry, the industrial method of casting the sculpture is readable on its surface, whilst invisible joint lines reveal the way the plaster mould was divided and reassembled prior to casting.
The figures in this series are identical to the hundred sculptures of ANOTHER PLACE (2007), permanently sited on Crosby Beach in Liverpool. Whilst each work in ANOTHER PLACE faces the horizon, those in ANOTHER TIME all have a different orientation.
Antony Gormley (born 1950) began creating sculptures cast from his own body in 1981. His works have been shown in exhibitions and public locations internationally. He is known for his public sculptures The Angel of the North in Gateshead (1998) and Event Horizon (2007-2015), which has been shown in London, New York, Sao Paolo and Hong Kong.