Antony Gormley

A CASE FOR AN ANGEL, 1989 - 2006

I wanted to make a bodywork that was a visual block - like a wall or a piece by Richard Serra. These sculptures are the final expression of the extended works.

CASES FOR ANGELS extend the body laterally, creating a strong horizon line that runs across the body separating head from breast.

The title A CASE FOR AN ANGEL is making a case for the imagination. The work is a barrier against which the visitor tests himself.

The relationship of work to room is important: the later double Angel cases installed together create an arena for the viewer.

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A CASE FOR AN ANGEL I

A CASE FOR AN ANGEL I, 1989
Plaster, fibreglass, lead, steel and air
197 x 858 x 46 cm

A CASE FOR AN ANGEL II

A CASE FOR AN ANGEL II, 1990
Plaster, fibreglass, lead, steel and air
197 x 858 x 46 cm
Installation view, Konsthall Malmö, Sweden, 1993
Photograph by Jan Uvelius, Malmö
Collection of Takaoka Art Museum, Toyama, Japan

A CASE FOR AN ANGEL III

A CASE FOR AN ANGEL III, 1990
Plaster, fibreglass, lead, steel and air
197 x 526 x 35 cm
Tate Collection, London, England

ANGEL OF THE NORTH [LIFE SIZE MAQUETTE]

ANGEL OF THE NORTH [LIFE SIZE MAQUETTE], 1996
Cast iron
194 x 469 x 33 cm
Installation view, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, 2016
Photo/image rights: Museum Voorlinden

POLES APART

POLES APART, 1996
Cast iron, 2 figures, each 194 x 469 x 33 cm
Installation view, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne
Germany, 1998
Photograph courtesy of Jablonka Galerie, Cologne