‘horizon field hamburg’ by antony gormley image © frank müller

british artist antony gormley created a new installation especially for the large deichtorhalle in germany entitled ‘horizon field hamburg’. visitors were welcomed to a new spatio-temporal matrix – a warping empty space of almost 4,000 square metres in size and nearly 19 meters high.

within the room an expansive, black, reflective structure floated and swayed nearly 7.5 metres above the floor – a project attempting to harness the architectural potential of the deichtorhallen building, now over a century old. the shadowy artwork, which was only sparsely illuminated by light that came from the skylights above, provoked an experience of reorientation and re-connection with the senses to heighten hearing, seeing and feeling.

gormley says of his work:

‘it is critical that the experience of the space is utterly clear and that in there we see a void, clean building reimagined as a kind of gymnasium for mind and body…there is a double bind here.

we have a real choice of how we wish to participate.we can stay in an underworld or climb skywards. both scenarios put the human subject into a dynamic position of jeopardy.’

antony gormley: horizon field hamburg visitors were welcomed to a warping empty space of almost 4,000 square metres image © frank müller

antony gormley: horizon field hamburg the project attempted to harness the architectural potential  of the deichtorhallen building image courtesy deichtorhallen

antony gormley: horizon field hamburg within the room an expansive, black, reflective structure floated and swayed nearly 7.5 metres above the floor image courtesy deichtorhallen

antony gormley: horizon field hamburg the artwork provoked an experience of reorientation and re-connection with the senses image courtesy deichtorhallen