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Friday, 08 June 2007
Event Horizon

Event Horizon

The artist Antony Gormley has placed 30 statues of himself around London, mostly on the skyline. These two are in Moorgate and stare into each other’s faces through the glass wall of a building. The Aesthetic Grounds arts journal inaccurately described the figures as asexual

Event Horizon coincides with Gormley’s exhibition Blind Light at the Hayward Gallery.  Most descriptions of Event Horizon describe the statues as being found on rooftops, and as all facing the Hayward Gallery.  For example this BBC article says

All the figures, which are cast from the sculptor’s body, are planned to be in the eye line of visitors to the exhibition.

The display - Event Horizon - is one of London’s most ambitious public art commissions.

Viewed from the vantage point of the Hayward, the works will be spread over a 1.5 sq km area, with some figures clearly visible and others sensed only as presences on the horizon.

Mr Gormley said it was designed to “get under people’s skin” and make them “feel slightly uncertain about what’s going on in the world that you are living in”.

Which makes me feel uncertain in a different sense: are these two figures part of the Event Horizon exhibition or not?

Posted by bigblue on 08/06/2007 at 10:29 AM
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