a cura di Editorial Staff, il 27/01/2009
For the past few weeks the artist Antony Gormley, the authorities in charge, interest groups pertaining to the installation site (property owners, communities, tourism associations, etc.) and the Kunsthaus Bregenz team have worked together intensively to develop and concretize the project “Horizon Field”.
In the process, it has become clear that more time is required to coordinate the artist's vision for the project with the concerns of nature and landscape conservationists as well as property owners and other interest groups. For this reason, the opening originally set for this summer is being postponed until the summer of 2010. Visitors will be able to see and experience the sculptures of the horizon field until the fall of 2011.
“Horizon Field” consists of one hundred life-size cast iron figures of a human body. The sculptures are spread at 2,039 meters above sea level over roughly one hundred square kilometers in the Hinterwald, Hochtannberg, and Arlberg area and extend from the Kanisfluh to the Flexen Pass. From any given point the visitor should be able to see at least one of the figures, separated at intervals of a few hundred meters or several kilometers depending on the topography. Thus from certain points one will be able to see several figures at once. The projected sightline is calibrated to a specific height so that all one hundred figures form an ideal horizon line within this alpine region.
The idea of this field is to combine seeing and being seen with the main role of man and his relationship to the alpine landscape. The work will be exposed to the elements, different lighting conditions, and the changing seasons, thus enabling constantly new perceptions and impressions. The 100 figures by Antony Gormley are full iron casts of the artist's own body. All of the figures are approximately 189 cm high, 53 cm wide, and 29 cm thick. Each piece weighs roughly 640 kg.
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