Last week I wrote about how I had seen sand being removed from around the base of one of the Iron Men. One of the 100 cast iron statues modelled on Antony Gormley that are spread along two miles of the foreshore of Crosby beach.
I noticed another man who was wearing wellingtons and a floppy hat. He was carrying what looked like a huge tripod and was examining the statues. I thought he was perhaps the surveyor. It fact it was Antony Gormley, the artist who was personally supervising the work.
Some of the concrete piles upon which the statues stood had disintegrated and the statues had fallen into the sea mud and become submerged. Antony Gormley was there to oversee the operation. First locating the hidden statues using GPS and then ensuring that they were repositioned correctly.
They should all face towards the sea between 247 degrees west and 275 degrees west and inclined 0.4 of a degree to the horizon. Such precision.
I wish I had been able to chat with him.
The Another Place installation is brilliant and can reflect different moods depending on the state of the weather and the tide.