Antony Gormley's Critical Mass revisited

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Antony Gormley's 1995 installation 'Critical Mass' is now on display on the roof of the De La Warr Pavilion.

The artwork is made up of 60 lifesize cast iron sculptures of the artist's body in a range of contortions, squatting, kneeling, lying hunched up sideways and so on. It looks like a crowd of people protecting themselves from an overhead attack by getting low down on the floor.

“This is the return of the lost subject to the site of Modernism. It is great to have a chance to test this piece of sculpture against the clarity of Mendelsohn and Chemayeff’s English masterpiece," Gormley said, referring to the designers of the 1935 De La Warr building, which sits directly overlooking the Sussex coast.

"I am excited to see these dark forms in the elements against the sea and in direct light. It will be like a sky burial. How these masses act in space is very important. The challenge is to make the distance intimate, internal,” Gormley continued.

Click here or on the image above to see Critical Mass at the De La Warr Pavilion