Saturday 25 October 2014

New Gormley work unveiled at hotel

Published 10/06/2014 | 13:42

A new inhabitable sculpture by artist Sir Antony Gormley has been unveiled at the Beaumont hotel in London's Mayfair (Bolton & Quinn/PA)

Angel Of The North creator Sir Antony Gormley has unveiled his new, inhabitable artwork.

The permanent sculpture, a giant crouching figure, has been built on to the facade of a new London hotel.

The interior of the sculpture, entitled Room, is a cosy 13ft (4m) metres square but a "lofty" 33ft (10m) high hotel suite.

Sir Antony, who previously created another inhabitable artwork, a walk-in sculpture based on a body, said he had not tested out the suite by sleeping in it.

He said: "My ambition for this work is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience."

The artist is best known for Angel Of The North, a monumental piece in Gateshead which was an immediate success when it was erected in 1998.

Another Place, his haunting array of humanesque figures at Crosby Beach in Merseyside, is also among the best-known pieces in the UK.

The Beaumont hotel in London's Mayfair will open in the autumn.

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