Antony Gormley

BOX WORKS, 1987 - 2002

I wanted to give an architectural frame to thought and use the lead box as a module. The box is one foot square, using this old, Imperial, English measurement that refers to the body.

The first box work I made was JOY AND KNOWLEDGE, an open translucent vessel that connects with an absolutely dark lead cube through a bridge that joins a square lead to a round fibreglass tube.

Over a five-year period I made four sets of double box works. In each, one box is pierced, with holes that refer to bodily perceptions, and the other is completely closed and made to support an alabaster or resin organ. The heart and the brain are made of resin; the testicles and kidneys are made from two different kinds of alabaster.

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JOY AND KNOWLEDGE

JOY AND KNOWLEDGE, 1987
Lead, fibreglass and wood
30 x 66 x 48 cm

EXPOSURE and INSTRUMENT

EXPOSURE AND INSTRUMENT, 1988
Lead, fibreglass, air and alabaster, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
2 egg/ testicles: each 5 cm x 3.3 cm diameter
Lead and fibreglass, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5
Photograph by David Ward, London

BODY AND LIGHT I and MEANING

BODY AND LIGHT I AND MEANING, 1988
Lead, fiberglass, air and resin, 38.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Brain: 9 x 13 x 16 cm
Lead and fibreglass, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Photograph by David Ward, London

AUGUR and ORACLE

AUGUR AND ORACLE, 1989
Lead, fibreglass, air and alabaster, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
2 kidneys: 3.5 x 11.5 x 6 cm
Lead, fibreglass, air and alabaster, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
2 kidneys: 3.5 x 11.5 x 6 cm
Photograph by David Ward, London

BODY AND LIGHT II AND MEANING II

BODY AND LIGHT II AND MEANING II, 1988
Lead, alabaster, air, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Lead, alabaster, air, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm, Brain 9.5 x 12 x 20 cm

BRIDGE AND CENTRE

BRIDGE AND CENTRE, 1988
Lead, fibreglass, air, alabaster, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Lead, fibreglass, air, alabaster, 30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm, Heart, 5 x 10.2 x 8 cm