Like all exhibitions the art work have to be delivered ahead of the exhibition in order to photograph the work, produce the catalogue and publicity material.
As I had a number of items that had been selected it made sense to deliver them all in good time in March. By coincidence I also required some more photography so it made sense to combine a photo session on the beach and the delivery of my new sculptures.
After a long but pleasant drive from Oxfordshire I arrived at Aldeburgh and was surprised to walk on the beach to find a number of people all gathering around what appeared to be a collection of iron objects, after closer examination the four objects had a small caption that stated the objects were Antony Gormley sculptures!
What I had stumbled upon what was apparently on the local news and there was a great deal of controversy about this ‘installation’ .
The objects were actually Gormley’s work and had been purchased by local Art Gallery owner Caroline Wiseman, the collection of four items were described as a Quartet (sleeping), but the Artist had named them differently and he had objected to them been displayed as they were just laid on the beach but they were created to be standing pieces.
While I was there the story unfolded on local BBC news posting and that the Artwork required council permission to be displayed .
The permission was applied for retrospectively ,however the items had caused such a stir & many people became interested in the work. The result was that the work became available for sale and the sculptures were sold and the reclining objects were going to be removed so the issue of their display was resolved?
I was looking foward to see the work of Maggi Hambling’s ‘Scallop' a few hundred metres up the beach, shining in the broken Suffolk light this beautiful steel work glistens and sparkles with its myriad of textures and factions. It took many years for the locals to warm to this magnificent work, so it was not a surprise that the Gormley work had become an issue with locals, councils and the Artist.
I did get a photograph a new work of mine, but that is still under embargo so here are the images of the one permanent and a few transient sculptures on Aldeburgh Beach.