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Another Place (Antony Gormley), Crosby

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'Another Place'

Antony Gormley’s Another Place – 100 iron men gazing out to a distant horizon, silent sentinels caught in an endless cycle of submersion and exposure as the tides come and go.

Date

30 March 2014
Location

Crosby, Sefton, Merseyside

SJ 31109 97646; 53.47100, -3.03932

Information

Antony Gormley’s Another Place comprises 100 life-size cast-iron figures, all facing out to sea along 3 km of the intertidal zone on the beach at Crosby in Merseyside. The statues were cast from 17 distinct moulds of the sculptor’s own body and each one weighs approximately 650 kg and is mounted on a 2 m vertical steel pile.

The work was first exhibited in 1997 in Germany, followed by Norway and then Belgium before going on to Crosby. It was originally scheduled to appear there from July 2005 to November 2006 and then go on to New York. In March 2007, however, Sefton Council approved plans to keep the installation on Crosby Beach permanently, overturning a previous decision made after health and safety concerns had been raised.

Further Reading

Another Place (Wikipedia);
Leader of the pack (The Guardian, 25 June 2005)

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

April 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Crosby Beach

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Crosby Beach

Crosby Beach

Date

30 March 2014
Location

Crosby, Sefton, Merseyside

SJ 31109 97646; 53.47100, -3.03932

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

April 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Posted in Landscape

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National Slate Museum

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Saw shed

Saw shed

Date

23 March 2014
Location

National Slate Museum, Llanberis

SH 58555 60290; 53.12095°N, 4.11508°W

Information

National Slate Museum;
Other posts in this series;
Dinorwic Quarry

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

April 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Mostyn

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Cast-iron verandah

Cast-iron verandah

Date

16 March 2014
Location

Vaughan Street, Llandudno

SH 78537 82048; 53.321378, -3.824968

Information

Designed by architect G A Humphreys, the Mostyn Art Gallery opened in 1901 as a public gallery funded by Lady Augusta Mostyn to exhibit works by female artists. The gallery closed twelve years later and the building was subsequently put to a variety of uses until eventually reopening as an art gallery, Oriel Mostyn, in 1979. Now branded simply as ‘Mostyn’, the gallery of contemporary art underwent a three-year programme of renovation and extension which was completed in 2010.

Further Reading

Mostyn (official site);
Oriel Mostyn art gallery (HistoryPoints);
Mostyn (LustreBox)

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

March 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Posted in Museum

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Lon Adda, Bangor

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Lon Adda

Lon Adda

Date

9 March 2014
Location

Vaynol Roundabout, Bangor

SH 54308 68857; 53.196774, -4.182393

Information

Lon Adda is a multi-purpose path through the centre of Bangor following the route of the culverted Afon Adda. It was extended southwestwards in 2012 to link up with the Lon Las Menai route to Caernarfon at Felinheli. Public artist David Mackie was commissioned by Gwynedd Council to create the slate-wall installation marking the route at the Vaynol roundabout.

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

March 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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Parc Dudley Nature Reserve / Dudley Park Granite Quarry

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Incline pulley wheel

Incline winding drum

Date

8 March 2014
Location

Waunfawr

SH 52713 58542; 53.10367°N, 4.20151°W

Information

Parc Dudley is a local nature reserve maintained by Gwynedd Council and is located in the Gwyrfai valley just to the south of the village of Waunfawr. The reserve covers an area of 18 hectares on the lower slopes of Moel Smytho and was created in 1994 on the site of a former granite quarry.

The quarry was owned around 1928 by Wolverhampton-based company Dudley Park Quarries Ltd. The quarry was served by a siding of the Welsh Highland Railway and there was a large crushing mill, now demolished, close to Waunfawr Station.

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

March 16, 2014 at 9:43 am

Coleg Menai Friars Site

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Former Friars School

Former Friars School

Date

8 March 2014
Location

Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor

SH 57009 71726; 53.22326°N, 4.14328°W

Information

The former Friars Lower School site on Ffriddoedd Road is owned by Coleg Menai and houses its licensed training restaurant and hair and beauty salons. The Grade II listed building was constructed in Tudor style by Chester-based architects Douglas and Minshull and opened in 1900 as the third location in Bangor of Friars School, which had been established in 1557 by bequest of Geoffrey Glynne in the old Friary (founded in 1276 and dissolved in 1538). A new school building for senior pupils was established at Eithinog when Friars became co-educational in 1971. The Ffriddoedd site continued to be part of the school until 1999 when a new school building was opened at the Eithinog site.

Further Reading

Friars Lower School (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales);
Friars School, Bangor (Wikipedia);
History (Ysgol Friars)

 

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Written by Graham Stephen

March 13, 2014 at 5:48 pm

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