Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"Seeing Beyond"



In search of breeze, brine and brightness, we found ourselves last Sunday morning on Crosby Beach.
Crosby (in striking distance of Liverpool) is the ideal setting for Antony Gormley's fantastic installation:" Another Place". This consists of 100 life-sized cast-iron figures; they're spaced haphazardly along the shore, and they stand, strong and solitary, private and peaceful, gazing out at the water, staring beyond the horizon....and seemingly, beyond the stretch of our imaginations...

16 Comments:

Blogger Philippa said...

Love the photo, Jan, which I think sums up your views on Gorman's latest creations? Think they are probably at their best on a windswept winter's day. Did you work out their inner thoughts?

2:28 pm  
Anonymous marly said...

Interesting to see this, remembering Clare's blog post on it as well.

4:09 pm  
Anonymous watermaid said...

I'd like to see these and The Angel of the North. I saw the Anthony Gormley installation with lots of little people that was in Winchester Cathedral.

4:24 pm  
Blogger elizabethm said...

I would love to see these and really have no excuse for not having been, living where I do. I have put it on the list of things that must happen!

11:27 am  
Blogger Debi said...

I was utterly besotted by his creations looking out over the London skyline along the Thames last year. And I'm bereft each time I go now since they've moved on.

4:24 pm  
Blogger Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

That is both stunning and surreal! Wonderful!

6:10 pm  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

breeze brightness and brine - a great recipe to blow the cobwebs away - very striking statue- 's t'at u standing beside him then?

4:09 am  
Anonymous watermaid said...

Hi Jan, I've done as you asked over on Watermaid.

4:45 pm  
Anonymous Mo said...

Speaking as someone who hasn't been in the UK for many, many years (apart from 3 very busy days in London 3 years ago when I felt like an alien), I saw these statues for the first time on BBC World last night! Such a philistine aren't I? It was in connection with Liverpool being cultural city of Europe this year. Hard to imagine this happening to the city I remember! I guess it has changed a tad? Do you go there often?

3:20 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

Philippa:
Some of the original have been moved and the rest were supposedly moving to NY City.
However, I think I'm right in saying they're now staying in Crosby.
I have mixed feelings over this; the beach is a superb location, but NY would have shown them off in a very different light...
However, NW England, I'm sure, is delighted to host these menfolk.

Marly:
Yes, I remember Clare going.
She has some marvellous snaps.

Watermaid:
And I'd likked to have seen that!

Elizabeth:
Hope you go and see them.

Debi:
What a wonderful sight that must be.
My favourite LOndon skyline is from Greenwich...especially late on a wintery afternoon when the sky turns pink, violet and the dark creeps in...

Vanilla:
Stunning/surreeal,'twas !

CB:
Yep, that's me ( on the left, I 'asten to add)

WAtermaid:
Thanks. Appreciated, and I STILL havent worked out HOW to get into it...
my techno skills are nil.

MO:
You'd probably find it vastly different.
2008 is greatly important to L'pool; there's been problems organising the Year of Culture etc but all seems orderly now and the opening events are deemed a superb start.
Hope so much it continues.
Great seeing you here, Mo .
( For anyone else reading this, we were at school together and Mo now lives in Portugal, me in UK; I haven't seen her for over 30 yrs...hence the powers of the internet.)

9:53 am  
Blogger Debra Westlake said...

I love your blog Jan - it brings me closer to home. Makes me a bit homesick for Chester sometimes and the North West. How is the year of culture going? Does it have any impact outside Liverpool?

1:53 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

DEb:
Hope to see you again!
Enjoy your own blog ; blogging is fun if you don't take it too seriously!

EVERYONE:
Deb has just started her own blog: debsmemoriesofistanbul.blogspot or, of course, click on her name.
I met her when she joined my writing group several yrs ago. She and her family are now in Turkey.
Im sure ther'll be some great writing flying out on her magic carpet

4:12 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

PS Deb:
I shall email you ASAP.

4:13 pm  
Blogger Jon M said...

To my shame, I confess, I've not been to see them...I kind of like my scenery 'uninstalled' but wouldn't judge until I'd been!

12:31 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

They are like nothing else, aren't they? I'm unlikely to see them, but they come up on various blogs from time to time, so are quite perennial images!

5:29 pm  
Blogger Jan said...

JonM;
I certainly understand that, but go and see them anyway!

Lucy:
THey'd be marvellous on your lovely coastline...and there'd be some Lucy poetry to follow!

9:37 am  

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