Sculpture Saturday: Gormley

Antony Gormley at Winchester – SILENT II

“Sound II” stands like a gently glowing sentry beneath the nearly 1,000-year-old stone mass of Chichester Cathederal. It was installed sometime in the late 1980’s, part of an effort by the cathedral to introduce contemporary art into the Gothic masterpiece.

This life-size statue of a man contemplating the water held in his cupped hands is fashioned from lead out of a plaster cast of the artist’s own body and stands in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral. During the rainy months, the crypt floods and as the water level rises gradually to his knees, the statue acquires an even more moody air as it stands in silent contemplation of its cupped hands. There is a tube mechanism through the body, so as the water rises it fills his cupped hands

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6 thoughts on “Sculpture Saturday: Gormley

  1. We have become used to seeing Gormley’s eerily blank-faced figures appearing in unexpected places. Each is basically the same as its forerunners but is saved from being boring by the novelty of its position, whether on a roof-top on in tidal water, as at Margate and Crosby beach. Involving the immobility of an iron figure with the rythmic movement of the water creates a curious harmony, as though Gormley somehow eveigles nature into being part of his artwork. I haven’t seen the work featured in this post but I hope to do so one day!

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  2. I must be becoming a child of the times- I thought he was looking at his mobile phone 🙂 🙂 But I prefer the water version. And yes, it would be interesting to see flooded. There must be photos if I Google it.

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  3. I’m sure there are. I’d love to see it but I suppose for safety reasons it would be impossible. One just can’t trust the public to behave themselves!

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