Describing the installation, Gormley wrote:
‘In Second Body, the four main halls of the gallery become different zones of experience that relate to each other, hopefully creating an experience greater than the sum of its parts. On entering the first space, one encounters Stop, a work made of 14 solid lead blocks, which consciously reflects the history of the building. All of the blocks are presented in dynamic relation to one another and their combined dead load allows them to cohere into a single bodyform. Stop initiates the theme of the ‘second body’, where anatomy gives way to architecture and the body is translated into the masses and voids of the built environment.