ANOTHER PLACEOctober 12, 2014
Just outside Liverpool on Crosby Beach is Another Place, the vision of internationally acclaimed artist Anthony Gormley. The beach is home to a 100 strong army of cast iron, life-sized figures that stand sporadically across the 3 kilometre stretch of beach. Some of them are as far as a kilometre out to sea and are hidden and revealed with the ebb and flow of the tides. Another Place is a very unique work of art; there's not many places that you can go to witness a sculpture that dominates such a vast expanse.
The sculptures set an atmosphere for the beach as a whole; they sort of create an omnipresence. Even when the beach is empty, you never quite feel alone. The humanoid-laden landscape feels like one of reflection and contemplation, as the figures stare expectantly at the horizon, aloof to time and tide.
The figures are made from casts of Anthony's body in varying stances, with each one weighing in at 650 kilogrammes.
The promenade spans the whole beach front and makes for a perfect place for a stroll, run or cycle.
The barren and windswept beaches of the North come in stark contrast to the small sheltered Cornish coves I've have been used to from my Childhood in the South West. Northern beaches have a distinctive charm of their own. Crosby Beach in particular really encapsulates the character of the Northern seaside. On the horizon out to sea there's wind turbines and industrial infrastructure.
Crosby Leisure Centre - a great place for water sports lovers.
It was one of those perfectly mild afternoons where the sun hangs low in the sky and your shadow stretches out long across the sand. I can't think of a better way to make the most of the last, fleeting spells of sunshine than with my family by the seaside. It was the first time that I had been reunited with my family since I left for Asia at the start of the summer and my parents had come all the way up from Cornwall to be there. It was an ordinary afternoon that was extraordinarily perfect!