Antony Gormley sculpture unveiled on Sidgwick Site

Joanna Taylor 5 December 2016

Antony Gormley, former Cambridge student and sculptor of the Angel of the North, has unveiled his third piece of artwork in the city. 

The sculpture, a life-size standing human being, is located on the Sidgwick Site. DAZE IV is made from cast-iron and was originally located on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel. 

It is part of Sir Gormley’s LAND series which are “standing stones: markers in space and time … catalysts for reflection.” 

The sculptor graduated from Trinity College with a degree in archeology, anthropology and history in 1971, where he is now an honorary fellow. 

Professor Martin Millett, head of the School of Arts and Humanities who made arrangements for the 10 year-loan of DAZE IV, said: “We’re delighted to welcome this exciting sculpture to enhance the Sidgwick site. 

“Gormley’s work is particularly appropriate to the architectural context of the site whilst its human scale is in harmony with the students and staff at the core of the campus.”

Cambridge is also home to Earthbound: Plant (2002), a life-size metal sculpture of the human form buried upside down with only the feet showing in front of the MacDonald Institute for Archeological Research on the Downing Site, and one of his ‘Learning to See’ series in Jesus College’s library. 

There is also a minitaure Angel of the North on display in the Fitzwilliam Museum. 

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, humanities staff who work on the Sidgwick Site, and Antony Gormley himself were in attendance at the sculpture’s unveiling.