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Gormley's Dutch giant completes

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Artist Antony Gormley has unveiled his ‘largest and most complex’ sculpture to date - a 25m-tall giant crouched on a dyke in the Netherlands

The permanent artwork in Lelystad weighs 60 tonnes with ‘no defined load path and no orthogonal construction logic’ and features 547 ‘connection’ nodes and 14,000 bolts.

Nearly five years in the planning, the colossus entitled Exposure was officially inaugurated last Friday (17 September)

A spokesman for the artist said: ‘The work celebrates a  transformation in Gormley’s attempt to evoke the body as a place, transforming  his sculptural language from a defined closed surface to an open 3-dimensional  drawing-in-space that maps the inner volume of the body and establishes a link  between body and space at large.

‘The mass formally associated with the monumental Angel of the North is here replaced by a  transparent and porous tracery through which we can register the changing  conditions of light and weather and through which an intimate connection with the landscape at large can be made.’

Gormley collaborated on the project with the digital design research centres at Cambridge University, University College London and Royal Haskoning. It was made in Scotland by the pylon manufacturers Had-Fab and took 18 months to fabricate and install.  

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  • Looks like it'll be fun to climb...

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  • If an 'intimate connection with the landscape' is important, why build it in the first place?

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