Recently, I took a trip to see Antony Gormley’s sculpture at Another Place. In case you are unfamiliar with the work, it consists of the 100 cast iron figures that are located on Crosby Beach, just north of Liverpool. Gormley is famous in the UK for his public sculptures, such as The Angel of the North in Gateshead and the Iron Man in Birmingham.
Each of the figures at Another Place – weighing 650 kilos and made from casts of the artist’s body – looks to sea, silently contemplating the horizon. According to Sefton Council, responsible for bringing the figures to Crosby, the art represents mixed feelings of sadness and hope in response to leaving to make a new life in another country.
The work is seen as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration – sadness at leaving, but the hope of a new future in another place. – Sefton Council
Personally, I like to think of this work as representing the ever growing number of people who are figuratively gazing toward the horizon of their own lives, contemplating their future; that is part of what is involved in living your life purpose and determining where you are going next in your life.
Periodically, we too need to come to a place where we can gaze toward the horizon and gain the inspiration and courage to set our really big goals. For me, this generally does involve going to somewhere remote and inspiring, usually by the sea, where I can gaze silently toward the horizon, both physically and metaphorically.
Do you feel that your life seems to be stuck in a rut? Well why don’t you join us down at the beach gazing toward the horizon, contemplating the future?
There’s plenty of room for one more!