Gormley sculpture for Canterbury Cathedral

Old iron nails taken from the repaired roof of Canterbury Cathedral have been used by the sculptor Antony Gormley to create a new artwork there.

The piece, called Transport, is suspended at the cathedral above the site of the first tomb of Thomas Becket, the archbishop murdered at the altar on December 29, 1170.

The two metre-long work, which was unveiled yesterday, uses antique iron nails from the cathedral's repaired south east transept lead roof to construct a membrane outlining the space of a floating body.

Gormley, 60, who won the Turner Price in 1994, said: "We are all the temporary inhabitants of a body. It is our house, instrument and medium.

"Through it all impressions of the world come and from it all our acts, thoughts and feelings are communicated. I hope to have evoked this in the most direct way possible."

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