Antony Gormley

POLYHEDRA WORKS, 2008 - 2015

The POLYHEDRA WORKS began in 2008 with FREEZE. This work signified a transition between the de-materialised form of the DRIFT works, where only a hint of the body was apparent, to works with greater surface definition. 

There are two form-finding principles. Firstly, regular polygons: the natural forms of hexagons that are familiar to us, as found in basalt rock formations or in beehives. Secondly, the bubble-matrix: the most efficient way of bounding space that is found in all foams, the inner structure of bone or a reed. It allows the generation of many-sided polygons from tetrahedrons to rhombicosidodecahedrons, and is both disciplined and random. This geometry is an example of an existing structural principle which is different from anatomy and which invites us to think about our body-form in relation to everything from diatoms to geodesic domes. 

Download text
FREEZE

FREEZE, 2008
2 mm square section stainless steel wire
217 x 125 x 101 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CORE

CORE, 2008
Cast iron
191 x 96 x 95 cm
Installation view, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium, 2009
Photograph by Allard Bovenberg, Amsterdam

PACK

PACK, 2009
Cast iron
196 x 50 x 32cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

BOND, 2009

BOND, 2009
Cast iron
179 x 61 x 34 cm
Installation Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium
Photograph by Vincent Everarts de Velp, Brussels

2 x 2

2 X 2, 2010
Marble , 188.6 x 57.2 x 40.8 cm (2 bodyforms)
Installation view, Corsi-Nicolai Laboratory, XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, Carrara, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Valerio E. Brambilla

BOND II

BOND II, 2010
Cast iron
183 x 54 x 41cm
Edition of 5 plus 1AP
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CUMULATE

CUMULATE, 2011
Cast iron
180 x 47 x 50 cm
Installation Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, 2013
Photograph by Joris Casaer

ABSTRACT

ABSTRACT, 2011
Cast iron
81 x 62 x 72 cm
Edition of 5 plus 1AP
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CUMULATE II, 2011

CUMULATE II, 2011
2 mm square section stainless steel bar
184 x 54 x 50 cm
Installation Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, 2013
Photograph by Joris Casaer

ABSTRACT II, 2011

ABSTRACT II, 2011
2 mm square section stainless steel bar 78 x 68 x 64 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FUSE

FUSE, 2011
Cast iron
23 x 205 x 58 cm
Edition of 5
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FUSE II

FUSE II, 2011
2 mm Stainless steel
24 x 205 x 60 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

RESORT, 2011

RESORT, 2011
1.5 mm square section stainless steel bar
35 x 197 x 46 cm
Installation view, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

SUM, 2012

SUM, 2012
Cast iron
22 x 201 x 51 cm
Installation view, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, 2012
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

LIMN II, 2011

LIMN II, 2011
1.5 mm Stainless steel square section
168 x 55 x 48 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

RESORT II, 2012

RESORT II, 2012
Cast iron
37 x 197 x 49 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

LIMN III, 2012

LIMN III, 2012
Cast iron
168 x 57 x 48 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

2 X 2 II, 2012

2 X 2 II, 2012
Marble
194 x 47 x 40 cm (2 bodyforms)
Installation view, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy, 2012
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

FREEZE III, 2012

FREEZE III, 2012
2mm stainless steel square section
235 x 170 x 125 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CORNER II, 2012

CORNER II, 2012
Cast iron
73 x 55 x 66 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CLINCH, 2012

CLINCH, 2012
Cast iron
189 x 45 x 59 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CLENCH, 2013

CLENCH, 2013
Cast iron
49 x 50 x 84 cm
Edition of 5 plus 1 AP
Photograph by Stephen White, London

TIP, 2014

TIP, 2014
Cast iron
169 x 80 x 71 cm
644 Kg
Edition of 5 plus 1 AP
Photograph by Stephen White, London

STAY, 2014

STAY, 2014
Cast iron
184 x 48 x 44 cm
Edition of 5 plus 1 AP
One of two sculptures commissioned by the Christchurch City Council Public Art Advisory Group
Permanent installation, Avon River, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015

STAY, 2014

STAY, 2014
Cast iron
184 x 48 x 44 cm
Edition of 5 plus 1 AP
Installation view, Lengthsman's Cottage, Warwickshire, England, 2015
Photograph by John Miller

GRIP, 2014

GRIP, 2014
Cast iron
189 x 38 x 48 cm
Edition of 5 plus 1AP
Installation view, Saddell Bay, Mull of Kintyre, Scotland, 2015
Photograph by Clare Richardson

CHECK, 2014

CHECK, 2014
Cast iron
188.5 x 50 x 50 cm
Edition of 5 plus 1AP
Installation view, Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, 2015
Photograph by Clare Richardson

CONTAIN, 2015

CONTAIN, 2015
Cast iron
146 x 72 x 74 cm
694 Kg
Edition of 5 plus 1 AP
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FURL II, 2015

FURL II, 2015
Cast iron
146.8 x 89.5 x 52.5 cm
737 Kg
Edition of 5 plus 1 AP
Photograph by Stephen White, London