To celebrate the launch of Antony Gormley's Places to Be, Vivacityare encouraging the public to #Lookup in Cathedral Square to see the newly re-sited sculpture figures. From 25 to 27 May Vivacity staff and volunteers will be on hand in Cathedral Square to help you take photos and selfies with the work, can you recreate the poses of the three figures? They will also be handing out stickers and activities for young ones.There will be drop in family workshops on the Saturday and Sunday where children can create badges and puppets. For those who want to find out more about Antony Gormley, his previous work andPlaces to Be,there will be information boards located around the area.
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 roofsof three buildings surrounding Cathedral Square, will draw attention to Peterborough’s city skyline.
Places to Bewas acquired by Peterborough Development Corporation in 1984 as part of Peterborough Sculpture Trust's public art collection. The work was sited at Monkstone House Offices (now GreenwoodsSolicitors) and was later moved to Thorpe Meadows in 1988. The figures were vandalised in 2006, and removed in 2007. In 2015 the care of the sculpture collection, includingPlaces to Be, was transferred over to Vivacity; since then Vivacity have been working with Anthony Gormley to restore the piece in preparation for their re-siting.