Friday 24 August 2007

Antony Gormley Comes To The Dublin Docklands

This is the new Antony Gormley designed structure going up in the Dublin Docklands. You probably know Gormley from his iconic (but much hated at it's inception) Angel of the North in Gateshead in England. He also recently dotted 31 life size human figures around the South Bank in London. While I loved the Angel of the North this project really caught my eye as it really grabbed people's attention and the sight of human figures peering down from major buildings in London not only seemed to interest the public but also drew their eyes to some amazing architecture. As with the majority of his work the figure is based on moulds of his own body and will be composed of a mesh which according to Gormley will be “like a charcoal drawing against the sky, changing as your position changes in relation to it. Up close you will see through it, in the distance it will cohere into a bodily image.” Standing at 48 meters high it will be hard to ignore but will also be a welcome and iconic addition to the already thriving Docklands area. Construction hopefully starts in 2008 at a cost of 1.6 million Euro, makes the 4 mill spent on the Stiffy in the Liffey look ridiculous.

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