A short while ago I got the opportunity to visit Liverpool and made Crosby Beach on Merseryside my first stop there.
It was a long day's drive and the sun was dipping fast in the sky by the time I arrived at the beach. But I had a good hour or so to spare and I managed to explore a fair few of the 100-strong iron men that make up Sir Antony Gormley's 'Another Place' exhibit, which is located along this stretch of sand.
|The first of Sir Antony Gormley's iron|
men that greeted my visit to Crosby Beach
The statues are modelled from 17 different body casts the sculptor made of his own naked body and the resulting figures evidence a variety of both tense and relaxed poses.
The nude iron sculptures raised a lot of controversy at the time of their installation and several groups, including watersport enthusiasts, the coastguard and conversationalists raised concerns against their presence along the shoreline.
|Birds scouring the sands for their supper|
near one of the iron men of Crosby Beach
However, the iron men became a very popular tourist draw over the years and brought a lot of money and trade to the community businesses. This forced the hand of the councillor's when the question of the residency of 'Another Place' returned to the council the following year. And so, to the delight of art lovers and the local trade, the iron men became a permanent feature on the sands of Crosby Beach in 2007.
|One of the scarier faces of the|
Crosby Beach Iron Men
|An iron man watching the passing of one of the many...|
|...large container ships that slide along the horizon of Crosby Beach|
But time and tides wait for no man and so I finally had to say a fond farewell to these unique and thought-provoking statues. I really could not leave, however, without having my photograph taken with one of the surreal fellows :)
|That's me on the left btw|