We found ourselves at Crosby Beach in Merseyside, England on a particularly blustery day.At first, it’s difficult to find them. The tide was out upon our visit, so the beach was vast and the sand in our eyes only hampered us further. As we braved the sandy onslaught though, their presence became more apparent. 100 iron men, spaced liberally across a 3.2km (2 mile) stretch of the beach, each identical and emotionless, each facing out to sea.
We staggered our way up the steep sand dunes that separated the beach from the neighbouring parkland with sand blowing directly at us, scratching our cheeks and stinging our eyes. It was almost as if the beach didn’t want us to see the unique art installation that it housed. Sure enough though, we braved the elements and stood in silence as the flat beach stretched out before us.
The statues, part of an installation called ‘Another Place‘ are cast replicas from the artist himself, Anthony Gormley. Whilst the presence of the statues have caused some local controversy, we were intrigued and somewhat moved by their motionless stoicism.
You can see more of Gormley’s work on Artsy.