Another Time, by Antony Gormley
Turner Contemporary, Margate
Margate, United Kingdom
del Renzio & del Renzio
Hill Fabrication Ltd
INSTALLATION OF FOUNDATIONS
JW Culver Building Services
A cast iron sculpture sited far out to sea on the chalk bed beyond Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate. The sculpture is positioned on the Fulsam Rock on remnants of the former jetty, where people promenaded above years ago, but has now been reclaimed by nature. At high tide the sculpture is completely submerged beneath the sea, becoming visible as low tide prevails.
Sir Antony Gormley’s cast iron sculpture from his iconic series ‘Another Time’ is situated in the intertidal zone in the sea beyond Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate, forming a focal point from the gallery. Visible from the vast gallery windows, the solitary cast figure is of Gormley’s own body and invites viewers to reflect upon the fundamental experience of being human.
The sculpture is positioned on the Fulsam Rock upon remnants of a former jetty, along which people promenaded above years ago, but which is now reclaimed by nature. At high tide, the sculpture is completely submerged beneath the sea, becoming revealed as low tide prevails. The success of the artwork requires a completely invisible anchorage yet one which is robust enough to deal with tidal and breaking wave loads.
Strict environmental and navigational constraints demanded a creative engineering solution that combines redundant concrete slabs of the existing jetty with a new galvanised-steel frame and in-situ colloidal concrete infill to provide the ‘secret’ mass foundation.