Field for the British Isles

Gormley, Antony
''Field' is like a living organism,' Gormley has said, 'like water it settles in place, it doesn't organise it.' This close-packed crowd, a field, a sea at one's feet, is a reminder that the world's entire population could stand on the Isle of Wight shoulder to shoulder, if they were packed as closely as this. Gormley has said that one of the resonances of this work is that it is a reminder that there is only one humanity. The several versions of 'Field' mark both a departure from Gormley's habitual working practice, and a different way of looking at human presence. The figures were made, in this instance, by a community of families on Merseyside, under Gormley's direction, using brick clay. Other versions of 'Field' have been made by families of brick makers in Mexico, by children in the Amazon basin, by students and families in Sweden. Adrian Searle, 'Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles', Spotlight from the Arts Council Collection broadsheet, 1996
  • Artwork Details: variable
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  • Material description: terracotta
  • Credit line: © the artist. Acquired in 1995 with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund and The Henry Moore Foundation.
  • Theme: Figurative
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  • Accession number: ACC10/1995



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