Antony Gormley’s Another Place – Crosby Beach – Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

It was a nice sunny Saturday morning so we decided to head to Crosby Beach to see Antony Gormley’s Another Place. This is a permanent art work consisting of 100 cast iron statues stuck firmly in the sand. It’s an incredible sight and looks particularly atmospheric on a cloudy dull day, which is exactly what we had by the time of our early afternoon arrival.

The life-size figures are a representation of the artist himself. They were placed at Crosby Beach in 2005 for what was meant to be a temporary installation. However, by popular demand, they were allowed to stay and have been at home here ever since. They’re stuck down solidly in the sand to the extent that they remain still as the tide comes in and out. If you’re ever in Liverpool, it’s well worth taking the 15 minute train ride from the city centre to see Another Place. 

I really wanted to get an ice cream, but the brief morning sunny spell had transformed into a windy cold day. After losing sensation in my hands and face, it was time to head back to town in search of stodge and hot drinks! I’m going to return for that ice cream this summer. I was feeling a bit creative and wrote a little poem about the Gormley statues – or you can just skip down to the photos if you want ;-). By the way, none of the dogs pictured belong to us, including the friendly sheep dog that made Andy throw a stick!

They keep their feet firmly in the ground

Through wind and rain, low and high tide

Blindly staring, not making a sound

Just watching and waiting for the water to subside

Waves crash down and sunsets burn

Dogs run around and children play

Just like clockwork, the tide will turn

And they’ll still be here every hour every day

They keep their feet firmly in the ground

Silent watchmen in the sands of time

Buried under water until they’re found

Claimed by the sea, but just for now

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

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Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

sheep dog on beach

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

kite at crosby beach

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

dog on beach

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

Antony Gromley statues at Crosby Beach near Liverpool

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crosby beach liverpool

crosby beach liverpool

crosby beach liverpool

crosby beach liverpool

 

Do you like these statues at Crosby Beach? Do you like the idea of using art to enhance natural locations? 

 

 

 

18 Comments

  1. April 14, 2013 / 19:51

    I love the iron men! Since they’ve redone the bike tracks it’s so lovely to cycle right the way round there – I didn’t know you were Liverpool based too!! xx
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    • April 16, 2013 / 19:54

      Yep I’m back home in Liverpool now. We’ll have to organise a blogger meet-up if you’re ever around :-)

  2. April 14, 2013 / 20:26

    Wow! I love these pictures and would very much enjoy seeing these statues. I do enjoy art incorporated into the landscape.

    • April 16, 2013 / 19:51

      You’ll have to come and visit Liverpool someday, I’d love to show you around :-)

    • April 16, 2013 / 19:48

      Aww, you’ll have to come back to see them :-)

  3. April 15, 2013 / 16:17

    I love Gormley’s work – I lived near the Angel of the North for a while, and also visited his entirely surreal installation in the deep wilds of outback Western Australia. Always thought provoking stuff :)
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    • April 16, 2013 / 19:47

      It’d be great to see more of Gormley’s work. I agree with you, his work is very thought provoking and moving. I even got all creative and decided to write a poem, which was random for me ;-) I’ve only ever driven past the Angel of the North as a kid and it looked cool. As for the one in Australia, I want to go!

    • April 16, 2013 / 19:39

      Thanks Fernando! :-)

    • April 23, 2013 / 20:55

      It’s great isn’t it! It fits in so well in the environment and has a lot of impact.

  4. Catherine Jackson
    April 22, 2013 / 20:22

    I love these statues – sited on the exact same place where I used to play as a child when I lived in Crosby. It’s a great place to revisit.

    • April 23, 2013 / 20:53

      Hi Catherine, I used to play there too. Loved going for days out there during the summer, always had lots of fun! It’s definitely nice revisiting and having something new to see.

    • April 23, 2013 / 20:51

      They’re fab! Hope you make it to Liverpool – I’d be happy to show you around :-)

        • May 2, 2013 / 20:10

          Cool, drop me an email if you decide to visit and we can sort something out!