Antony Gormley, creator of some of Britain’s best loved artworks, including Angel Of The North in Gateshead, talks to John Wilson about his four decades of sculpture-making. Using casts of his own body, and creating monumental metal formations to describe the human form, Gormley has repeatedly asked questions about place and space. In a wide-ranging conversation in his studio complex, the artist talks about Another Place, the work in which he placed 100 human figures on Crosby Beach near Liverpool. He also reveals the influence of American artist Walter de Maria, who created The Lightning Field in the New Mexico desert, and his plans for a major project to stand on the Brittany coastline.
The work I made: Another Place, Crosby Beach, 2005
The work I wish I’d made: The Lightning Field, New Mexico, by Walter de Maria 1977
The work I’m making: unnamed proprosal for sculptures to stand on Brittany coastline