To start off our day we decided to go and have a look at a well known sculpture located on the beach in the town of Crosby.
‘Another Place’ is a modern sculpture created in 1997 by artist Antony Gormley, who is also famous for creating the Angel of the North. The sculpture consists of 100 life-size figures looking out over the Irish Sea, between Waterloo and Blundellsands, for over 2 miles (3.2 km).
The figures are replicas of Gormley’s own body and are made from cast iron. Each figure weighs 650 kg (1400 lb) and is about 6 ft 2″ (189 cm) tall. Two foundries (factories that produce metal castings) cast the figures; Hargreaves Foundry in Halifax and Joseph and Jesse Siddons Foundry in West Bromwich.
Before coming to Crosby Beach, the sculpture was displayed in several other European locations, the first being Cuxhaven in Germany and others including Stavanger in Norway and De Penne in Belgium. In March 2007, permission was granted to have ‘Another Place’ permanently installed at Crosby Beach.
We found the figures to be quite daunting to begin with, the way they all silently stood looking to the horizon, and even though there were only a handful of people on the beach with us we didn’t quite feel alone…