Another Place, the title of Antony Gormley’s group of metal men on Crosby Beach makes me think of all the people that emigrated to strange, faraway places from Liverpool. They must have felt a mix of emotions, including fear and hope. These men (all casts of the sculptor’s own body) are looking out wistfully towards the sea, maybe thinking of loved ones that left.
I think it was a good decision to keep this work on Crosby Beach permanently, instead of relocating it to New York, as was originally planned. I don’t understand how some people can see this as pornographic, just because the statues include a penis. The simple human forms staring out to sea exude a feeling of calm, wistfulness and longing.