Gormley sculpture erected in Dorset

British sculptor Antony Gormley has adorned five picturesque beauty spots in the UK with his new sculptures.

These five locations are Clavell Tower at Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset; Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel; Martello Tower in Aldeburgh, Suffolk; Lengthsman's Cottage, Lowsonford, Warwickshire and Saddell Bay, Mull of Kintyre, Scotland. The figures are iconic of Gormley’s work whilst taking on a contemporary geometric form and are truly a sight to see, which will likely encourage many on cottage holidays in England near the five locations make a special visit to see the sculptures.

“Catalysts for reflection”

In speaking of the sculptures, Gormley said, as reported here, that they were “catalysts for reflection” that are designed to engage with the elemental conditions of the Kilbrannan Sound, Bristol Channel, North Sea and English Channel.

All five are due to remain in situ until May 2016 and are part of a project entitled LAND, which was commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of UK building conservation charity the Landmark Trust.

Each of the sculptures stands by a building that was rescued by the Landmark Trust at four points of the compass, of which Gormley said, “The sculptures will be like standing stones: Markers in space and time, linking with specific places and their histories.”

The project is due to be officially launched this weekend as a part of the Landmark Trusts’ Golden Weekend. During this weekend, locals and visitors staying in coastal Dorset holiday cottages will be able to enjoy free admission to Clavell Tower, a building that inspired the likes of writers Thomas Hardy and P.D. James.

Additionally, the weekend will see a shared Golden Moment take place in which all 25 landmarks in the event will have community groups simultaneously perform a specially composed Anthem for Landmark at 3pm on 16th May. Clavell Tower is lucky enough to be playing host to 'Dorset Arts Reach', ‘Freedance Choir' and 'Ridgeway Choir' throughout the course of the day.

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