Local Support for Striking Waterfront Sculpture; Another Place to Be Sited at Crosby Marina
Byline: BY LIZZIE SMITH
PERMISSION has been given for a major new work by Angel of the North sculptor Antony Gormley to be displayed on a Merseyside beach -- before it heads for the bright lights of New York.
The project, called Another Place, has been approved by planners and involves 100 life-sized figures being installed on the waterfront near Crosby Marina for 18 months, starting this summer.
The solid iron statues will rise from the sands at different stages, all of them looking out to sea, facing the horizon.
They are made from casts of the artist and each weigh 650 kilos.
Mr Gormley describes the piece as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration.
The artist approved the site on a visit in September and extensive work has since gone into assessing the technical and safety aspects of the project, and the impact of the sculpture on the area.
Experts concluded that any impact of Another Place on the coastline and local wildlife will be minimal and reversible.
Local people contributed to the plans at a series of consultation events and were overwhelmingly in favour of the project.
Another Place has not been exhibited in the UK before, but has won praise after installations on a river estuary in Belgium, on a coastal strip in Norway, and in Germany.
The South Sefton Partnership led the project and worked in collaboration with Liverpool Biennial. …