Another place

17 Apr

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A few weeks ago we visited Steve’s parents in the North West of England.  In Sefton, not far from where they live, is this installation by Antony Gormley, which stretches out to sea and along the beach for three kilometres.  The one hundred representations of the artist all face the horizon, some sinking in the sand and water.  It is three years since it was first installed and most of the statues are taking on a patina of barnacles and moss.  On a cold, grey day it was beautiful and rather melancholy.   But the children had a great time, as children will, by dressing up the sculptures and pretending to be statues themselves.  If you are ever in the area (it’s not far from Liverpool), it is well worth a visit. 

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This post is part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.  For more photos click here.

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7 Responses to “Another place”

  1. marina villatoro 17/04/2009 at 9:13 pm #

    the melancholy-ness of the day is what actually makes it more special, i think. I love to go to the beach on days such as this.
    1. they’re so peacefu
    2. you know you’ll be the only ones there!
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    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 18/04/2009 at 9:36 am #

      I agree, as long as you have the right clothes (which I didn’t – my own fault!) a beach in winter is a lovely place to be.

  2. Lucia 18/04/2009 at 4:04 am #

    Looks like a wonderful spot off the beaten path. Must be interesting to watch the tides coming and going related to the statues. We recently watched Andy Goldsworthy’s documentary “Rivers and Tides” so similar thoughts come to mind regarding the interaction between nature and man. Beautiful and unique.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 18/04/2009 at 9:35 am #

      This artist, Anthony Gormley, reminds me a lot of Andy Goldsworthy. Some of the statues are sinking into the sand, which gives an added dimension.

  3. Motherofalltrips 19/04/2009 at 3:13 am #

    I like both the idea of this (art on the beach) and its execution. I also like the photos very much.

    I think I need to start keeping track of all of the cool and quirky corners my online friends have visited with their kids. It would be a long and interesting list and would make a great RTW itinerary.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 19/04/2009 at 4:41 pm #

      I agree, it would make a much more interesting trip than one from a guidebook. There is nothing like local knowledge.

  4. Dominique 20/04/2009 at 1:57 pm #

    It’s fun to see how something so simple catches the imagination of kids

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