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Another Place, Antony Gormley

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What an amazing place!
These solid iron statues stretch as far as the eye can see on these sand-flats.
Virtually nobody there, a few dog-walkers and kite-flyers up nearer the dunes.
I was wondering why this big yellow Landrover was following me about, then I read that they don't like you to go further than 50metres out from the dunes. I got my feet wet in the Irish sea.
Glad to have made it here before we head downunder next month and visit Lake Ballard.
I'll come here again, when the light's better, looking East here, out to sea they get some fantastic sunsets.

One tip: should you ever find yourself lost in the Sahara, ditch the bike, they're rubbish in deep sand.


nige says:

I've seen these so many times but your perspective still makes it look fresh. Every single shot is amazing for me. I want to go, NOW!

4th Aug 2009, 09:34

Bikefucius say: Road Bike with skinny tyres even more rubbish in deep sand!

4th Aug 2009, 09:35

Viv says:

It's a great set

I don't like it when they put paint on them but that bondage is amusing

4th Aug 2009, 09:35

Viv says:

great perspective in these and really good sky

4th Aug 2009, 09:37

Wendle says:

WOW. I lovelovelove & have faved number 8. All are superbly aweseome.

4th Aug 2009, 10:18

Viv says:

could you tag these please - there is quite a collection of gormley and another place on moblog

4th Aug 2009, 10:43

Wendle says:

Woo! I'm so glad number 8 got a HL.
(I really really like it)

4th Aug 2009, 10:46

Viv says:

me too

4th Aug 2009, 11:05

swamprose says:

the whole series is a HL. bravo joker.

4th Aug 2009, 11:43

beth says:

yeh these are great - as nige says we've seen these before on moblog but you really did get some fresh shots of them. fab. i want to go back.

4th Aug 2009, 12:31

Twiglet says:

We saw these when they were in London but as nige says it's always good to see someone else's view. I love the top one, I really love it...

4th Aug 2009, 13:39

Euphro says:

What was the Land Rover doing? Were they concerned for your welfare or worried that you might steal one and stick it on the back of your bike?

A wonderful series. I particularly like the one that has been partially eroded out of the sand so you can see the pile it is attached to :)

4th Aug 2009, 13:51

SLG says:

Wondeful indeed, but it vexes me that if one is to engage with the 'installation, then surely one should be able to go out to the farthest figure ?

4th Aug 2009, 16:04

Viv says:

how muddy did you get?

4th Aug 2009, 17:08

Caine says:

You can't keep a good photographer down, yellow Land Rover or not! Stunning series. 2nd and 6th shots faved.

4th Aug 2009, 17:15

JokerXL says:

WoW! What a response!
Thank you all for your kind words, sorry I haven't been able to get back to you sooner, just arrived in Hollyhead from Dublin, no internet access in Ireland (for me).

Nige, tnx, they've been compressed a little to much, I see now, starting to break up, might replace them with sharper versions.

Hobo, good call, you'd still be there with KJ stuck up to her armpits!

Viv, tnx, didn't see any figures defaced, perhaps it all washes off pretty quick, just this one dressed up. The sky was actually quite threatening but it was blowing a Hoolie so changing fast too. #8 was HL'd? cool (looks a lot better BIG). I'll tag them directly. didn't get too muddy at all, it's all quite clean sand, here and there a little boggy.

Wendle, cheers! glad you lovelovelove them.

Tnx AF, they're a great subject to work with.

Swamprose, you're such a love, thanks to you too.

Beth, tnx, you should get back there again, at dawn or dusk, when the light's better, it was a bit "straight up & down" for me, even though quite late in the afternoon.

Twiggers, glad you like that one, it's interesting that different people like different images here. Are the ones in London those ones on the edges of buildings? where it looks like someone about to jump off?

Euphro the Landrover was a coastguard/beachwatch thing, (like "Baywatch" but with middle-aged men in Sou'westers) this is a "Non-swimming" beach and there are some soggy sand patches further out. Not sure about nicking one, they weigh 650kg each! Again, interesting that you liked a different one.

tnx SLG, That'd be H&S; at work, Gormely wants his art to be "accessible" to the public but it can be a bit scary out there when the tide comes ripping back in.
(and I went there anyway)

Cheers Caine, glad you like them too.

Right, on to the next bike-out, was certainly well worth all that effort fixing up the bike and getting out there.

4th Aug 2009, 20:23

Viv says:

we've got muddy every time!

ps tag - Gormley

4th Aug 2009, 23:02

beth says:

Your tag says Gormely not Gormley! Just saying! before my mum pops!

5th Aug 2009, 00:08

nige says:


5th Aug 2009, 00:37

swamprose says:

I never knew they had nipples until Joker exposed them.

5th Aug 2009, 03:33

beth says:

really? that seems like a big oversight on Steve's part doesn't it ?

5th Aug 2009, 12:34

Viv says:


5th Aug 2009, 15:14

mara says:

Great set!

5th Aug 2009, 21:43

SLG says:

I hate H & SNazis....................... can I say that ?

5th Aug 2009, 21:48

Dhamaka says:

great series Joker

5th Aug 2009, 22:01

mysteritmo says:

Really wonderful shots!

5th Aug 2009, 22:24

Steve says:

The rain covered the nipples on the day we went

8th Aug 2009, 01:35

FilbertFox says:

I must add to the compliments for these shots. But equally importantly, Viv's comment "that bondage is amusing" really made me laugh.

Ta Joker and Viv!

8th Aug 2009, 21:09

Albert53 says:

Sharpen up, out to sea is West, remember remember the sun rises in the East and goes down in the West, you know in the direction of Wales, Ireland and the U.S. of A. No one is going to tell you where to go, you can go as far as you like on the beach or in the water, just be sensible and don't get stuck. I'm not keen on 100 identical statues, now 100 different ones would be interesting and make it worth viewing them all but that's just my view as lots of folks love them as they are,

20th Oct 2009, 22:11

JokerXL says:

I stand corrected (didn't have the satnav fitted to the bike)

21st Oct 2009, 05:51