This is your chance to see a 650kg of sculpture, created by Anthony Gormley, hanging from the ceiling of the National Portrait Gallery. The sculpture, ‘OBJECT’ is said to represent the artist’s own body and is made entirely of cast iron. A selection of drawings called FALL 1999, shown in the Gallery’s first floor, compliments the installation and can be viewed within sight of the hanging man.
Gormley, born in London in 1950, is best known for his major public works; including the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England) and Exposure (Lelystad, The Netherlands). He has also had a number of solo shows at venues including the Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil; Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
Paul Moorhouse, who is curating the National Portrait Gallery show, said: “The central preoccupation of Antony Gormley’s art is to explore the experience of occupying a human body, and to probe its mysterious relationship with the external world.”
OBJECT is in a position of maximum exposure, being visible from the ground floor and in passing as the visitor ascends the escalator to the Gallery’s top floor.