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Antony Gormley unveils submerged sculptures in latest project

June 24, 2010

The sculptor Antony Gormley has unveiled his latest project, featuring cast-iron figures part-submerged in a Scottish river.

Antony Gormley unveils submerged sculptures in latest project: Artist Antony Gormley poses next to one of his sculptures in the Water of Leith in Edinburgh

Artist Antony Gormley poses next to one of his sculptures in the Water of Leith in Edinburgh. Photo: REUTERS

Six statues made from moulds of Gormley’s own body are located along the Water of Leith in Edinburgh, with one buried in the ground and others partly submerged in water.

They are so lifelike that Edinburgh police reported that they have already received calls from concerned members of the public.

The installation, entitled 6 Times, was commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland at a cost of £400,000.

The first 6ft statue is buried up to its neck in the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and “represents embedment within an urban situation”.

The next four have been lowered into the Water of Leith as it flows through the city to the sea.

The final figure stares out to sea at the end of an old pier at Leith Docks and signifies “the freedom of looking out to an endless horizon”.

Gormley’s best-known work is the Angel of the North, a giant public sculpture located outside Gateshead.

However, this latest work is most similar to one of his most popular pieces, Another Place, at Crosby in Merseyside.

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  1. July 24, 2010 1:55 pm

    Antony Gormley’s work is for sure to be admired.

    “I want to start where language ends.” – Antoney Gormely

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