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Monks from China’s Shaolin Temple stand perched on tall wooden boxes. Swaying from side to side, they rock the crates until they fall, leaping free at the last moment. Famous for their warrior skills, in Sutra the monks are both movers and pieces in a puzzle, setting up patterns or standing inside the boxes as they fall like dominoes.

A box of delights: Antony Gormley's 'Sutra'

When he designed a set for the Shaolin monks' dance extravaganza, Antony Gormley made one of his strangest creations yet, he tells Hannah Duguid

Sculptors go to war with Boris

Leading figures from the arts world criticised Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, and said he would be forced into an embarrassing climbdown over his pledge to scrap the competition for a temporary work of art to be placed on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square every 18 months.

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Rare fungi forces estate to scrap exhibition of Gormley's iron men

An exhibition of Antony Gormley sculptures in the gardens of Chatsworth House has been scrapped after ecologists claimed it could damage rare fungi in the stately home's lawns.

Modern public artworks are 'crap', says Gormley. This is how it should be done

Antony Gormley made his name as the creator of grand sculptures with his monumental Angel of the North. So it may surprise many artists attempting to emulate his success to hear that he has condemned the current crop of modern public artworks across the UK as "crap".

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A statue for London: The battle of Trafalgar (square, that is)

Tracey Emin wants to use meerkats. Antony Gormley prefers members of the public. Arifa Akbar casts her eye over the six ideas in competition to fill the space on top of the vacant fourth plinth

Preview: Space to Draw, Jerwood Space, London

Not-so-random patterns from Mother Nature

Are Eva Rothschild's latest works a homage too far?

Their quirky, childlike, DIY quality lends Eva Rothschild's works a contemporary air, even as she references other, more established sculptors.

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Damien Hirst leads Britart's diplomatic mission to Iran

... but Antony Gormley and Mona Hatoum are withdrawn to appease Islamic hard-liners
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