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Last Updated: Monday, 13 June, 2005, 20:19 GMT 21:19 UK
Iron figures rise from the sand
Antony Gormley
Antony Gormley will cast 100 iron figures looking out to sea
Work on the installation of a spectacular sculpture on a Merseyside beach is due to start on Tuesday.

Antony Gormley, the artist who famously created "The Angel of the North" in 1992, is set to cast 100 life size, iron figures rising out of the sand.

"Another Place" will take about 20 days to install on Waterloo beach in Crosby.

Each cast-iron statue will weigh 650kg and stand 1.96m tall. The installation has already been exhibited in Belgium, Norway and Germany.

Antony Gormley is best known for having pioneered the technique of using his own body as a living mould for life-sized figures in bronze and other metals.

'Enormous sculpture'

In 1991, Gormley departed from this technique and displayed his first Field installation, consisting of 35,000 hand-sized terracotta figures made with a family of professional brickmakers, the Texca family, in Cholula, Mexico.

Similar works include Field for the British Isles (1993), where thousands of crudely-shaped clay figures, grouped in a mass and all staring towards the viewer, were put together by a community of families in St Helens, Merseyside, under Gormley's direction.

Gormley's most famous artwork, however, is probably the Angel of the North, an enormous sculpture standing on the site of an old coal mine, towering over the A1 road, near Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England.

The sculpture stands 65 feet high and has a Jumbo jet-sized wing span of 169 feet.

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