I apologise if people are getting bored with shots of Antony Gormley's sculpture at Crosby beach, but I was there for 5 sunsets in a row, so naturally I took a lot of photos. Personally, I don't think I'll ever tire of it because it looks so different from day to day, hour to hour, even minute to minute. I wish I lived closer. I think it would become a bit of an obsession.
Better on black.
There's an information board at the entrance to beach which does a much better job of explaining what the work is all about than I could, so I'm just reproducing the words here:
This installation by the Angel of the North artist consists of 100 life-size figures spread out over 3 kilometers of Crosby beach, stretching almost one kilometer out to sea. Secured on three-meter-high foundation piles, the sculptures are solid cast-iron, made from moulds of the artist's own body.
Your experience of the work will depend on the state of the tide, the weather conditions and the time of day you are visiting, with all the figures becoming completely submerged at particularly high tides.
Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man's relationship with nature. Antony Gormley says "The seaside is a good place to do this. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth's substance. In this work human life is tested against planetary time. This sculpture exposes to light and time the nakedness of a particular and peculiar body, no hero, just the industrially-reproduced body of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe, facing a horizon busy with ships moving materials and manufactured things around the planet."