Another Time II (2008) Antony Gormley
Since 2008, the statue has been placed on the edge of the roof of the Kunsthal Another Time II by the English artist Antony Gormley. It is a cast iron standing naked man with a height of 1.91 meters, a self-portrait of Gormley. The artwork was purchased by the Kunsthal to celebrate their third lustrum. The purchase was marked with an exhibition in the summer. Another Time II was then part of the installation Event Horizon, for which Gormley placed another 15 polyester casts of his own body in public space within a radius of 1 kilometer around the Kunsthal. For example, there were figures on the eaves of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Erasmus MC and the Euromast, all facing the Kunsthal. With his sculptures on eaves, Gormley wants to disrupt the experience of people on the street and make visitors think. Interaction with viewers of his work is essential for the artist.
The English sculptor Antony Gormley (Hamstead London, 1950) studied archeology, anthropology and art history at Cambridge and then lived for some time in India and Sri Lanka to study Buddhism. In 1974 he continued his studies at the Central School of Art in London and Goldsmiths College, from which many well-known artists have emerged. Gormley then also completed a postgraduate course in sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, also in London. Depicting people is central to his work, often taking the proportions of his own body as a starting point. His powerful images make us aware of the space we (literally) occupy. Since 2010, the 26 meter high steel artwork has been standing on the tip of the Markerstrekdam near Lelystad Exposure, an image of a huge crouching man. Gormley's work is widely exhibited at home and abroad and he has participated in important exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale and the Documenta in Kassel. He has also received several awards and has been honored with an appointment to the Order of the British Empire.