Staying in Southport on Merseyside recently, I made the effort to pop down the coast to Crosby just to the north of Liverpool and visit the superb piece of work Another Place by Angel of The North sculptor, Antony Gormley. I could never make my mind up about The Angel of The North loved as it is by many as symbolic of the North-east of England.
When I first set eyes on it on one of my sojourns up the A1 to Edinburgh I felt it faintly ludicrous, rusting as it appeared to be. I’ve changed my view on that nowadays. It’s fair to say that is an eye-catching and auspicious sight – especially when viewed heading northwards.
Another Place consists of a hundred life-size figures cast in iron. The figures are driven into the beach on foundation piles measuring a metre high and are spread out over an area reaching over three kilometres of the Crosby foreshore and stand in the waves and out.
The figures are cast from a copy of Gormley’s own body and all look out to sea, staring at the distant horizon. The point Gormley makes is of migrants sad at leaving their homeland but with the hopes of a new and better future in a far and distant place, ‘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.’
If you’re in this part of the world go along to Crosby sands and see it. It’s an amazing sight and a very evocative piece of work. You won’t be disappointed.