Friday, June 02, 2006

Another Place


It was the last day of half term, so we went for a day out in Kev’s white van.

We revisited ‘Another Place’ - 100 life size, cast iron figures on Crosby Beach. Antony Gormley (of Angel of the North fame) cast them from moulds of his own body. Their presence is exciting and strangely reassuring. They disappear when the tide’s in.

You have to feel awe and admiration for someone with the confidence and vision to produce an installation like this.

Before Crosby, they were in Germany, Belgium and Stravanga in Norway where Frank from our flats goes to visit his brother.

We first saw ‘Another Place’ in summer, when I took the photo above. I also have a photo of me standing next to one of the figures and reaching no higher than his chest. Now I can look down and pat him on the head. Another figure had ‘grown’. No doubt some boring geography teacher could stroke his chin and explain it in terms of sand deposits.

Most of the men now have mysterious, marine green stuff growing on their nether regions. They’ll need a shower before they go to New York in November 06.

There were only a few oyster catchers around so we drove to Marshside in Southport where we were totally knocked out to see some Avocets chasing a hare away from their chicks.

The avocet is the emblem of the RSPB.

TWO amazing sights in one day.

KAZ

6 Comments:

Blogger MJ said...

"Most of the men now have mysterious, marine green stuff growing on their nether regions"... wondering what cleaning product they'll use to remove slime build-up.

12:25 am  
Blogger Pete said...

Avocets are doing remarkably well. They breed at Leightom Moss and that is quite close to Southport. Isn't it?

A Southerner

7:27 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

mj - They were very well endowed - so 100 of them will need quite a lot of cleaning.

pete - Well it's all up north isn't it? I always think that avocets look like a 'designer' bird - slightly unreal.

8:18 am  
Blogger coolbuddha said...

Wow, I's love to see one. Your right about the designer bird thing - have never thought of them that way, but they do look unusual.

10:47 am  
Blogger Betty said...

Aren't those Antony Gormley figures supposed to be a bit hazardous to visit? I'm sure I read about some students having to be rescued after getting stuck in the mud there.

1:38 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

coolbuddha:
Rather oriental/minimalist methinks.

betty:
Did you say students? that might explain it.
Actually that coast is hazardous all along, you need to stay sober.

3:28 pm  

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