If you're taking a stroll around the University of East Anglia and look up to see a lone male, eerily perched on the top of a campus building, you're not witnessing an emergency, you're experiencing the breath-taking work of contemporary British artist, Antony Gormley.
3x ANOTHER TIME comprises three lonely, life-sized figures made from cast iron. The sculptures derive from a series of 17 castings taken from the artist's body. The figures have been popping up across the globe as part of the ongoing ANOTHER TIME series (1999 - 2013) and now you can see them here in Norwich at UEA and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The sculptures stand in three locations – the roof of the biology building, the library roof and in the library walkway.
SIR ANTONY GORMLEY, OBE
The artist is perhaps most famous for creating the Angel of the North (erected in 1998) – an impressive 20m tall steel sculpture with a wingspan of 54m. The angel, which stands above Gateshead, is believed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world.
Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to its spatial environment
He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 for his work ‘Field of the British Isles’ and was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the Arts
3x ANOTHER TIME
The three sculptures are placed at focal points on campus, offering a striking sight for audiences who may or may not be expecting them. Gormley selected the locations himself after being attracted to the modernist architecture of the University buildings which were designed in 1963 by Sir Denys Lasdun.
The first figure looks out from the roofline of the teaching wall megastructure and is visible from the Sainsbury Centre. The second stands on the roof of the University Library, while the third work is positioned at the end of the Library’s elevated walkway.
Speaking about the installations, Gormley describes the works as: "Still moments of lived time placed in space. I like the feeling of the campus and its openness to the sky and the changing conditions of light and weather. Between the undercroft of the library and its exposed parapets and the teaching wall I hope the work engages with the life of the university and with elemental conditions."
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS
The three Gormley sculptures are the latest addition to the sculpture trail at the Sainsbury Centre and UEA campus. Visitors can see works by Henry Moore, Ian Tyson, Liliane Lijn, Henry Clyne and John Hoskin.
Images are courtesy of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, photos by Andi Sapey
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