antony gormley arrays abstracted, cast-iron figures along philadelphia museum's iconic steps
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antony gormley arrays abstracted, cast-iron figures along philadelphia museum’s iconic steps

british sculptor antony gormley presents STAND, an installation of ten cast-iron blockworks, as a speculation on how public sculpture in an urban context can re-engage with the subjective feeling of the citizen. each rising ten feet high and weighing nearly three tons, the assemblage of figures is arrayed monumentally along the iconic steps of the philadelphia museum of art. while the series takes a symmetrical, forefrontal occupation along the axis of the grand neo-classical building, the figures are not traditional statues, or portraits of the moral and the great. they are not representative of a national era. rather, each abstracted figure invites the viewer to act as a ‘co-producer’ of the work, to both project and recognize internal affinities within the postural attitude it carries. designboom was in attendance at the unveiling of STAND at the philadelphia museum of art and spoke with antony gormley regarding the significance of the work as an interface between the museum and urban context. STAND, 2018, by antony gormley installation view, philadelphia museum of art © antony gormley photo by joseph hu , 2019 / courtesy the artist and sean kelly gallery antony gormley’s STAND challenges the often alienating nature of large-scale public […]


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