Antony Gormley: One and Other

Antony Gormley describes his work as an inquiry into the body ‘as a place of memory and transformation’. Although his sculptures are often based on casts of his own body, he does not see them as statues of himself. He has described them as ‘the place where a particular body once was and anybody could be’. Gormley’s sculptures offer moments of contemplation to consider our time, our relationship to the elements, and the environment.

One and Other is a solitary figure, made from cast iron, positioned on top of a dead tree. The figure does not have any distinct features, which makes it appear both anonymous and universal. Installed at this height the work is a reassuring signpost, yet the figure is also out of reach and distant. The artist intended that the iron should rust, the colour becoming deeper and more intense with each passing season.

I would say that the whole way that I have approached the body is as a space not a thing – not an object to be improved or idealised, but simply to be dwelt in.

- Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley is known for his monumental work the Angel of the North sited near the A1 in Gateshead, and his collection of figures looking out to sea on Crosby Beach, titled Another Place. Gormley was born in London in 1950 and read Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History at Trinity College, Cambridge before studying art at Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Art, London. His work has been exhibited across the world in galleries and public spaces.

One and Other 2000 is shown courtesy of the artist. The display of this sculpture has been made possible by the provision of insurance through the Government Indemnity Scheme. Yorkshire Sculpture Park would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.