Alert to be unveiled at Imperial College London’s South Kensington campus
From 4 October 2022, a new permanent sculpture entitled Alert (2022) will be on view at Imperial College London's South Kensington campus.
Speaking on the sculpture, Antony Gormley has said: ‘Through the conversion of anatomy into an architectural construction I want to re-assess the relation between body and space. Balancing on the balls of the feet while squatting on its haunches and surveying the world around it the attitude of this sculpture is alive, alert and awake.’
Made of weathering steel, Alert will form a stable oxide coating and an organic hue over time.
‘The piece acts with the changing nature of the trees. In the summer the deep red oxidised surface will contrast with the vivid green of the plane trees’ leaves and in the winter its orthogonal geometry will act in consort with the organic inscription of their boughs.’
Alert will occupy a central position on Imperial College Road at Imperial’s South Kensington campus. It will be accessible to both Imperial’s community and members of the public alike, adding to the cultural richness of the area.
Photograph: Antony Gormley, Alert, 2022, weathering steel (under construction). Photograph by: Matthias Kallage-Schlieter, Heinrich Rohlfing GmbH, Germany.