Antony Gormley Places to Be

Antony Gormley Places to Be

#Lookup in Cathedral Square to spot Sir Antony Gormley's sculptural figures, titled Places to Be

Antony Gormley, Places to Be (detail)

Sir Antony Gormley is an internationally renowned artist and Turner Prize winner who has exhibited throughout the UK and abroad, including: Forte di Belvedere, Florence, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Hayward Gallery, London, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia and Venice Biennial. However Gormley is possibly most well-known for his permanent public artworks which include Angel of the North, Gateshead, England and Another Place, Crosby Beach, England.

Gormley’s sculptures investigate the relationship between the human body and space. Through his placement of sculptures he draws attention to voids that are otherwise overlooked or ignored. The artwork Places to Be comprises of three lead coated life size figures in three different stances. The works, which are due to be installed on the roofs of three buildings surrounding Cathedral Square, will draw attention to Peterborough’s city skyline.

Places to Be was acquired by Peterborough Development Corporation in 1984, the care of which was later transferred to Peterborough Sculpture Trust and then Vivacity in 2015. The work was sited at Monkstone House Offices (now Greenwoods Solicitors) and was later moved to Thorpe Meadows in 1988. The figures were vandalised in 2006, and removed in 2007. Vivacity worked with Anthony Gormley to restore the piece in preparation for it's re-siting in May 2018.