Antony Gormley

FIELD, 1989 - 2003

From the beginning I was trying to make something as direct as possible with clay: the earth.

I wanted to work with people and to make a work about our collective future and our responsibility for it. I wanted the art to look back at us, its makers (and later viewers), as if we were responsible - responsible for the world that it [FIELD] and we were in. I have made it with help 5 times in different parts of the world.

The most recent is from Guangzhou, China, and was exhibited in Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing in 2003. It is made from 125 tonnes of clay energised by fire, sensitised by touch and made conscious by being given eyes.

The 210,000 body-surrogates completely occupy the space in which they are installed, taking the form of the building and excluding us, but allowing visual access.

It is always seen from a single threshold. The dimensions of the viewing area are equivalent to no less than one sixth of the total floor area of the piece. This viewing area is completely empty.

The viewer then mediates between the occupied and unoccupied areas of a given building. I like the idea of the physical area occupied being put at the service of the imaginative space of the witness.

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FIELD FOR THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

FIELD FOR THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, 1989
Terracotta, 23 x 1140 x 1050 cm
Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

AMAZONIAN FIELD, 1992

AMAZONIAN FIELD, 1992
Terracotta
Variable size: approx. 24 000 elements, each 4-40 cm
CCBB, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012
Photograph by Edouard Fraipont

AMAZONIAN FIELD, 1992

AMAZONIAN FIELD, 1992
Terracotta
Variable size: approx. 24 000 elements, each 4-40 cm
CCBB, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012
Photograph by Edouard Fraipont

AMAZONIAN FIELD, 1992

AMAZONIAN FIELD, 1992
Terracotta
Variable size: approx. 24 000 elements, each 4-40 cm
CCBB, Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, 2012
Photograph by Vicente de Mello

AMAZONIAN FIELD - MAKERS

AMAZONIAN FIELD - MAKERS, 1992
Photographs by Miguel Rio Branco
CCBB, Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, 2012

FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES

FIELD FOR THE BRITISH ISLES, 1993
Terracotta, variable size: approx. 40 000 elements, each 8-26 cm tall
Installation view, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 1993
Arts Council Collection, England

EUROPEAN FIELD

EUROPEAN FIELD, 1993
Terracotta, variable size: approx. 40 000 elements, each 8-26 cm high
Installation view, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany, 1997
Photograph by Helmut Kunde, Kiel
Commissioned by Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Zhang Haier

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Antony Gormley

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Antony Gormley

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Antony Gormley

WORK IN PROGRESS

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2003
Xiangshan, China
Photograph by Antony Gormley

ASIAN FIELD

ASIAN FIELD, 2003
Clay from Guangdong Province, China, 210,000 hand-sized clay elements
Installation view, Warehouse of Former Shanghai No. 10 Steelworks, 2003
Photograph by Dai Wei

ASIAN FIELD

ASIAN FIELD, 2003
Clay from Guangdong Province, China, 210,000 hand-sized clay elements
Installation view, Xinhuahuayuan Huajingxincheng, Guangzhou

ASIAN FIELD

ASIAN FIELD, 2003
Clay from Guangdong Province, China, 210,000 hand-sized clay elements
Installation view, Modern Mall, Jiangbei District, Chongqing, China

ASIAN FIELD

ASIAN FIELD, 2003
Clay from Guangdong Province, China, 210,000 hand-sized clay elements
Installation view, Johnan High School, Tokyo
Photograph by Osamu Watanabe

American Field Tour 1992 - 1993American Field Tour 1992 - 1993 European Field Tour 1993 - 1996European Field Tour 1993 - 1996 Field for the British Isles Tour 1994 - 1995Field for the British Isles Tour 1994 - 1995 Asian Field Tour, 2003Asian Field Tour, 2003 Adrian Searle, Field for the British Isles, EssayAdrian Searle, Field for the British Isles, Essay Field publication, 1993Field publication, 1993 More in this projectMore in this project