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School of Arts and Humanities

Opening Reception for Gormley Sculpture on Sidgwick Site

The School of Arts and Humanities hosted a reception Friday December 2nd to celebrate the opening of a sculpture by Antony Gormley on the Sidgwick Site.

The sculpture, titled DAZE IV, is a life-size bronze sculpture of the human form. The sculpture was originally situated on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations at the Landmark Trust, 2015-16.

Antony Gormley’s sculptures, installations and public works of art explore the idea of the human body as a place, and the relationship between humanity and nature. 

DAZE IV joins other Gormley sculptures already in Cambridge, the most notable of which is Earthbound: Plant (2002), a life-size metal sculpture of the human form buried upside down in front of the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Only the soles of the feet are visible.

His most well-known piece is the Angel of the North, situated in Gateshead in north-east England.

Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and was made OBE in 1997. Born in London, Gormley read archaeology, anthropology and history of art at Trinity College and is a Fellow of Trinity College and Jesus College. He also holds an honourary doctorate from Cambridge University.

The reception was attended by Gormley, the Vice Chancellor and staff who work on the Sidgwick site.  The sculpture is on loan to the University for 10 years.