Friday, 11 September 2009

Antony Gormley’s “Field for the British Isles”

Field for the British Isles 1

Antony Gormley’s Field for the British Isles (the artist behind the Angel of The North), comprises 40,000 small terracotta figures ranging from 3-10 inches high.

"Wearing socks to avoid damaging the delicate figures Natalie Elder, 26, was given the precarious task of trying to fill in some of the gaps.

The artwork, dubbed the 'terracotta army' has now been moved to a new home at the Spanish Barn in Torquay, Devon.

The work of art is being put together using laser markers by a dedicated team of volunteers under the watchful eye of a team from the Arts Council.

Miss Elder said: "I'm really glad I volunteer. I have been a bit nervous but you just have to be careful. I don't know how many people applied but I'm really pleased I was accepted. It is great to be able to help put it together. "I thought it was going to be quite stressful but actually it's been quite therapeutic." The 40,000 pieces were all made in St Helens, Merseyside, as a community project and there are strict guidelines as to how the pieces should be laid out and what angle they should be viewed from. Twenty-five crates of dark and lighter characters are being installed with a 'hospital' for those which refuse to stand up."
Field for the British Isles 2Field for the British Isles Detail 1Field for the British Isles Detail 2
Field for the British Isles.
Terracotta, 3-10 inches high.

Angel of The North 1Angel of The North 2
Angel of the North Permanent installation at Gateshead, England.
Steel 22 x 54 x 2.20 m.

a+. antony gormley via telegraph via mrod

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