Event Horizon: Sculpture Installation by Antony Gormley
April 13, 2010 5:06 PM Subscribe
posted by ocherdraco (20 comments total)
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is meant to encourage viewers to 'reassess their environment and their position in it,' as [Antony] Gormley puts it, due to the sculptures' interruption of their usual surroundings—London
in its first installation in 2007, and now New York
'There's very little art in these things,' said Gormley of his figures, which he also refers to as 'three-dimensional shadows' and 'indexes.' The sculptures are but copies of his body at a particular time
in various poses. Where the 'art' is, then, is in what happens when viewers engage with the figures. 'When you then insert these still industrial fossils into the stream of daily life and real context5
they can begin to be active in the same way that a chemical catalyst ... causes a transformation,' Gormley said. 'I would like to think that's what happening here.'6
1. A description of the installation at its website.
2. "Antony's Army." An article from The Guardian
about the 2007 London installation.
3. "Interlopers on the Skyline." The New York Times
covers the New York installation.
4. "Body of work." An interview of Gormley by Lynn Barber.a
5. A Google map of the statues that make up Event Horizon.b
6. The text of my post is taken from "Watch that Man
" from Art in America
a. There's also an interview of Gormley by Artinfo specifically about the New York installation.
b. You can see photos of the installation of the first statue at Pentagram's blog.