Another Place: on Crosby beach
Looking out to sea
This contemplative being is not as lonely as he looks, but is one of a hundred figures in sculptor Anthony Gormley‘s installation ‘Another Place‘ on Crosby Beach. The hundred similar figures are spread out across 3 km of open beach, rising out of the sand at different levels, often at some distance from each other. Some remain untouched by anything but the highest of tides, while others stand almost permanently in the ebbing and flowing currents of the intertidal zone, their bodies etched, stained and weathered by their different circumstances. All look out to sea, to the land beyond.
Experience is always personal
We stumbled upon the installation on our 2007 trip from Lands End to John O Groats and were immediately intrigued. The work is said to be a poetic response to individual and universal sentiments related to emigration, the sadness of leaving and hope of a new future in another place. What struck me most was how this group of similar beings, all with a similar outlook and in a fairly small space, all experience and are weathered by their environment so differently.
You can read about and discover more of Anthony Gormley’s work on Artsy.