ANOTHER TIME XVI, 2012, Permanent installation Limehouse Reach, London, UK, 2013, Photograph by Max Creasy
Installation works begin in front of Turner Contemporary
Seaslugs on Thanet's stretch of coastal chalk, Photograph by Paula Young
‘Antony Gormley: ANOTHER TIME’
Thanet coast, Turner Contemporary, Margate, 18 August – 5 November
Harbour Arm and Coronation Parade, Folkestone Triennial, 2 September – 5 November
Antony Gormley’s cast iron sculpture from his series ANOTHER TIME will be sited on the chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary. In Folkestone, a pair of figures will be placed on the shoreline as part of the Triennial.
Visible from the gallery windows, the solitary figure in Margate invites us to reflect upon the fundamental experience of being human, of inhabiting a human body. Like other works by Gormley it is a cast of his own body, offering a trace of its existence.
“I wish to celebrate the still and silent nature of sculpture. ANOTHER TIME […] is necessarily isolated, and is an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time.” (Antony Gormley)
In Folkestone, a pair of Gormley’s cast iron, life-sized figures will be placed on the shoreline. These sculptures of national significance will be in place 2 September – 5 November 2017 as part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial, one of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions that see internationally recognised artists commissioned to create a collection of new artworks to be exhibited in Folkestone’s public spaces. The Triennial is the flagship project of the Creative Foundation, an independent visionary arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of the seaside town through creative activity.
The site in Margate is part of Thanet’s stretch of coastal chalk which is the longest in the UK. On the chalk below the tide, colourful sponges, anemones and sea squirts abound, along with a variety of crab and fish species. At high tide, the sculpture will be completely submerged beneath the sea. At low tide, it will be visible from the balcony at Turner Contemporary where you can also see works by Phyllida Barlow, Michael Armitage and Jyll Bradley as part of their summer season, Every Day is a New Day.
Gormley, who is most famous for The Angel of the North, has developed ANOTHER TIME, a series of one hundred sculptures across the UK and beyond which are identical to the hundred sculptures of ANOTHER PLACE (2007).
The installation of the sculpture will take place over the next 3 weeks.
Sarah Martin, Head of Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary said:
“We are thrilled to feature Antony Gormley’s sculpture as part of our summer season at Turner Contemporary. Stepping beyond the walls of the gallery and siting artworks in outdoor spaces is both hugely exciting and logistically complex. After months of work behind the scenes, it’s brilliant to see the installation work begin. A celebration of our extraordinary views of the North Sea - it will undoubtedly capture imaginations.”
Lewis Biggs, Curator of Folkestone Triennial, said:
“We are very excited to be bringing figures from Antony Gormley’s seminal series ANOTHER TIME to Kent in partnership with Turner Contemporary as part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial titled double edge. The most striking thing about these three figures is that they are all set within the tidal flow, a particular marker of the passing of time that is a central area of exploration for the series, so we are delighted to be extending and evolving that investigation here on the south coast”.
Rob Kenyon, Director of Community Services at Thanet District Council said:
“We are delighted to have approved a life sized Antony Gormley sculpture. He is one of Britain’s finest contemporary artists and we are excited that the people of Thanet can enjoy his work. The planned installation celebrates our unique location – at the edge of both land and sea. It will be visible or disappear according to the tide, increasing the sense of mystery and charm. The human scale and magical setting will make this installation a deeply moving work. Thanet’s creative and tourist industry is already booming and this will be yet another reason for people to visit our fantastic coastline and the first class Turner Contemporary.”