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antony gormley stacks inhabitable sculpture suite at beaumont hotel in london
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jun 12, 2014
antony gormley stacks inhabitable sculpture suite at beaumont hotel in london


antony gormley stacks inhabitable sculpture suite at beaumont hotel in london
images by stephen white

 

 

 

the façade of london’s new beaumont hotel has been topped by a giant crouching figure conceived by british artist antony gormley. ‘room’ is a geometrically stacked livable habitat formed through the piled composition of metallic cube upon cube, arranged to resemble a giant sitting man. ‘I take the body as our primary habitat.’ gormley describe ‘room contrasts a visible exterior of a body formed from large rectangular masses with an inner experience. the interior of room is only 4 metres square but 10 meters high: close at body level, but lofty and open above. shutters over the window provide total blackout and very subliminal levels of light allow me to sculpt darkness itself. my ambition for this work is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience.’

antony gormley creates inhabitable sculpture at beaumont hotel in london
the stacked giant man crouches atop the structure

 

 

the interior of the site-specific sculpture is a suite, one of the luxury rooms available at the newly opened hotel. a small, narrow rectangular window at the very core of the crouching man lets slivers of light within the room during the day, whose high towering ceilings can be experienced, entered and lived inside. a black curtain exists as the entryway into the space, which has been intentionally left sparse.

antony gormley creates inhabitable sculpture at beaumont hotel in london
piles of cubes are arranged atop the beaumont hotel

antony gormley creates inhabitable sculpture at beaumont hotel in london
the top of the sculpture soars into london’s sky

antony gormley creates inhabitable sculpture at beaumont hotel in london
a window in the middle of the sculpture adds light to the interior of the room

british artist Antony Gormley,
the illustration indicates the position of ‘room’ on the hotel’s surface
drawing courtesy of the beaumont hotel

british artist Antony Gormley,
the façade is treated by gormley’s soaring statue
drawing courtesy of the beaumont hotel

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