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Fresh start for Gormley's bread
Bed by Antony Gormley
A gallery assistant lies next to Gormley's Bed sculpture
An Antony Gormley sculpture which used 8,640 slices of bread has gone on display at London's Tate Britain, more than 20 years after it was created.

Gormley ate the equivalent of his own body mass in white sliced bread to create the work, titled Bed.

He chomped his way through the sculpture, created between 1980 and 1981, to form two hollow body shapes.

The work was allowed to go mouldy after it was finished before being dipped in paraffin wax to preserve it.

The decay is said to represent the cycle of life and death.

Bed is on display in the gallery's new BP British Art Displays room, alongside another of Gormley's early works, Natural Selection.

Naked volunteers

The work uses various objects including a hand grenade and an egg.

Gormley is best-known for the 22-metre-high Angel of the North sculpture, which overlooks the A1 trunk road near Gateshead.

A more recent creation, Domain Field, followed his familiar body theme and was based on the plaster cast bodies of 240 volunteers.

The moulds were used as the foundation for Gormley to then produce metal sculptures from thin stainless steels strips which filled an entire floor of the Baltic Arts Centre in Gateshead.

The BP British Art Displays at Tate Britain next year include exhibitions of art from Vanessa Bell, Francis Bacon, Patrick Caulfield, Donald Rodney and a group of new acquisitions by Tracey Emin.

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