Antony Gormley

FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES, FIRSTSITE, COLCHESTER

FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES is the largest single artwork in the Arts Council Collection and will be exhited at Firstsite Colchester from November.

FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES was made by Antony Gormley in 1993 from a mountain of brick clay with over 100 volunteers who were invited to find their own form for each figure following three simple instructions: "hand-sized, stand up and have eyes". 

After being acquired by the Arts Council Collection in 1995, FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES has been exhibited at a variety of venues across the UK, including Salisbury Cathedral, Greenesfield BR Works in Gateshead, The British Museum and Tate Liverpool. At each location, the configuration of FIELD is changed to suit the space, but the thousands of small figures are always installed to resemble a dense carpet, with each figure looking directly at the viewer. In Firstsite the figures will swarm through the rear half of the building, including throughout the main gallery spaces - a seemingly endless mass confronting the viewer.

FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES, 1993

FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES, FIRSTSITE, COLCHESTER
Terracotta, variable size: approx. 40 000 elements, each 8-26 cm tall
Installation view, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 1994
Arts Council Collection, England

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