Antony Gormley

EARLY GLASS WORKS, 1978

In the same way that I had experimented with slate, wood and marble, I tried to use glass in a way that described its character of transparency and fragility. Both GLASS POOL and GLASS MOUNTAIN were attempts to make wholes from parts. In the case of GLASS MOUNTAIN, I took a small glass chip, drew around it and then cut another sheet to the same shape and continued this process until I had made a vertical stack about 60 cm high. GLASS POOL is smashed pieces of 6mm thick glass laid out on the floor and re-cut in concentric rings to unify the disparate elements.

All of the early works in stone, wood and glass are attempts to find a structure and content within the material itself.

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GLASS POOL

GLASS POOL, 1978
Glass
8 x 1820 mm (diameter)

GLASS MOUNTAIN

GLASS MOUNTAIN, 1978
Glass, 60 x 38 x 38 cm