Permanent Commission For Ecole du Louvre Unveiled In Paris
Two works by Antony Gormley have been unveiled in the newly renovated library of the Ecole Du Louvre, located in the Flore wing of the musuem.
Witness VII stands on the floor on the central axis of the library’s narrow entrance corridor, and Witness VIII is inverted, ‘standing’ upside-down on the vaulted ceiling, 30 metres from Witness VII.
Based on orthogonal geometry, the works apply the rules of architecture - the ‘second body’, to the biological body - our first dwelling. They derive from a plaster mould taken from the artist’s own body while he was focussed on its internal space. The works are industrially cast in iron, the principal element of this planet, acknowledging our species’ dependence on the earth.