Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley, photo credit Todd Heisler

I heard about a new public art installation called Event Horizon set to debut in the area around Madison Square Park in New York, so I decided to go check it out for myself, not simply because Event Horizon is one of my all time favorite horror flicks, but because it also sounded like an amazing way to spend a beautiful friday afternoon. English sculptor Antony Gormley cast 31 different molds of himself, and has placed them on a series of rooftop perches along the city skyline. There are supposed to be more of these naked men standing on the grounds of Madison Square Park and on the sidewalks in the surrounding area, but I could not find them when I was out and about. It was pretty cool to spot one of these guys from far away, but I’m not sure I would’ve noticed them if I wasn’t already looking. Nevertheless, very very cool. I dug a little deeper, and it turns out Gormley is an extremely accomplished artist, with museum shows all over the world, and several prominent public sculptures, including The Angel of the North located in Gateshead, England. He also won the Turner Prize in 1994, which if you didn’t know, is kind of a big deal. I strongly suggest going to check it out!


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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

  • http://jjhughes.tumblr.com/ Joseph Hughes

    Gormley is a really big deal over here in the UK. It came as a bit of a surprise when I read that he was only just breaking ground in the US with this installation — I had assumed that he was well known over there too.

  • Amir

    I’ve been following his work for a while. One of the original great YBA artists!

  • Muffin

    I saw his show at Galeria Continua, Beijing Last October. It was great. I like his carbon drawings too.
    http://www.galleriacontinua.com/english/mostra.html?id_mostra=154

  • http://www.rumneyexclusive.com canvas art

    I live just up the road from the Angel of the North sculpture in Gateshead, it is gigantic and can be seen from its hilltop perch for miles around. It sits just looking over the A1 in the UK which is a major highway (distacting many drivers no doubt) gaining maximum exposure.

    Gormley is a big success in the UK, I’m sure this will be so in the US in no time at all.

  • Monroe

    The pictures of the Angel of the North piece look crazy crazy!! Massive is another word that comes to mind, I very much want to take a trip out there and see for myself next time i’m traveling abroad.