Antony Gormley‘s new LAND project celebrates 50 years of the Landmark Trust

Four coastal areas around the UK have been chosen among five sites for new sculptures by Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley.

The art installation project to mark The Landmark Trust’s 50th year will see the five sculptures installed between May 2015 and May 2016 at:

LAND comprises five distinct

life-size standing sculptures by Antony Gormley cast in iron and installed at

five Landmark Trust sites personally selected by the artist:

Martello Tower,

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Clavell Tower,

Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

Saddell Bay, Mull of

Kintyre, Scotland

Lengthsman’s Cottage,

Lowsonford, Warwickshire

Lundy Island, Bristol

Channel

Founded in 1965, the

Landmark Trust has rescued and restored almost 200 extraordinary buildings that

would otherwise have been lost and given them a safe, secure future by letting

them out for holidays to pay for their maintenance.

For its 50th anniversary,

Landmark sought to do something for everyone, not just for the 50,000 people

who stay in their buildings each year. LAND is the result.

The five life-size

vertical body-forms aim to add a point of focus to each location, being thoughtful

to their setting, encouraging visitors to contemplate the specific elemental

conditions of each site, and in the case of the four coastal locations, the

different qualities of the North Sea, the English Channel, the Kilbrannan

Sound, and the Bristol Channel.

Gormley said: ‘The challenge is

to make the verticality of each sculpture the focus, as a kind of rod or

conductor for thoughts and feelings that might arise at a site.

‘The sculptures

identify the place where a particular human body once stood and anyone could stand,

and in that respect they are open spaces empty of content and waiting for your

attention.’

The sculptures will have full

public access and be free for everyone to enjoy.

Golden Weekend launch

The launch of LAND will

coincide with Landmark’s special Golden Weekend. On 16-17 May 2015, 25 Landmarks will open to

everyone

Anna Keay, director of The Landmark Trust, said: ‘We are hugely excited

to be working with Antony. He had the idea some years ago to join the British

Isles together in one installation and we are thrilled that Landmark can make

this idea a reality through our amazing sites.

‘We hope that the whole

nation will want to experience, enjoy, and of course, share their thoughts and

responses on LAND with us.’


Pictures: Lundy Island, Bristol

Channel

Studio casting for one of the LAND works. Credit: Antony Gormley Studio