Four coastal areas around the UK have been chosen among five sites for new sculptures by Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley.
The art installation project to mark The Landmark Trust’s 50th year will see the five sculptures installed between May 2015 and May 2016 at:
LAND comprises five distinct life-size standing sculptures by Antony Gormley cast in iron and installed at five Landmark Trust sites personally selected by the artist:
Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
Saddell Bay, Mull of Kintyre, Scotland
Lengthsman’s Cottage, Lowsonford, Warwickshire
Lundy Island, Bristol Channel
Founded in 1965, the Landmark Trust has rescued and restored almost 200 extraordinary buildings that would otherwise have been lost and given them a safe, secure future by letting them out for holidays to pay for their maintenance.
For its 50th anniversary, Landmark sought to do something for everyone, not just for the 50,000 people who stay in their buildings each year. LAND is the result.
The five life-size vertical body-forms aim to add a point of focus to each location, being thoughtful to their setting, encouraging visitors to contemplate the specific elemental conditions of each site, and in the case of the four coastal locations, the different qualities of the North Sea, the English Channel, the Kilbrannan Sound, and the Bristol Channel.
Gormley said: ‘The challenge is to make the verticality of each sculpture the focus, as a kind of rod or conductor for thoughts and feelings that might arise at a site.
‘The sculptures identify the place where a particular human body once stood and anyone could stand, and in that respect they are open spaces empty of content and waiting for your attention.’
The sculptures will have full public access and be free for everyone to enjoy.
Golden Weekend launch
The launch of LAND will coincide with Landmark’s special Golden Weekend. On 16-17 May 2015, 25 Landmarks will open to everyone
Anna Keay, director of The Landmark Trust, said: ‘We are hugely excited to be working with Antony. He had the idea some years ago to join the British Isles together in one installation and we are thrilled that Landmark can make this idea a reality through our amazing sites.
‘We hope that the whole nation will want to experience, enjoy, and of course, share their thoughts and responses on LAND with us.’
Pictures: Lundy Island, Bristol Channel
Studio casting for one of the LAND works. Credit: Antony Gormley Studio