antony gormley repopulates ancient greek island of delos with sculptural iron bodies
 

antony gormley repopulates ancient greek island of delos with sculptural iron bodies

an unprecedented exhibition of contemporary sculpture by british artist antony gormley displays from may to october 2019 throughout the archaeological site of the island of delos. the non-profit organization NEON, founded by dimitris daskalopoulos, and the ephorate of antiquities of cyclades present the collection of anthropomorphic sculptures scattered across the greek island. gormley repopulates the island with 29 iron ‘bodyforms,’ restoring a human presence and creating a journey of potential encounters. the collection comprises works made during the last twenty years, including five specially commissioned new works, both along the island’s periphery and integrated into delos’ archaeological sites.

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, SIGHT, at the archaeological site of delos island, 2019
all images © oak taylor smith | courtesy of NEON, ephorate of antiquities of cyclades and the artist

 

 

presented by NEON, antony gormley’s SIGHT animates the geological and archeological features of the granite aegean island, measuring less than 5 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide. the site, carrying a history rich with with myths, rituals, religions, politics, multiculturalism and trade, historically represents both a holy place and commercial town. this history combined with its topography and geographical location made the island a singular and cosmopolitan hellenistic town. with this context, gormley reinterprets the function and purpose of sculpture, transforming the traditional statues and totems of the ancient world that once adorned public squares, temples and private dwellings into sites of empathy and imaginative projection.

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, vice II, 2015

 

 

the first connection between visitors and the work is established before they even set foot on delos. approaching the rugged northwest coast, they catch sight of a lone figure standing along a rocky outcropping at the water’s edge. two more works, also looking outward over the distant horizon, stand on plakes peak and mount kynthos, while another stands in the waters of the harbor. further sculptures are integrated with archaeological sites further into island, from the stadium to the theatre district and from the merchant stores to the museum site. gormley has studied the temples and the sacred enclosures, the horizon and the topography created by the wind and the salt. his sculptures, taking naturalistic, cubic and more abstracted forms, either stand or lie on the ground, exposed to the elements.

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, side II, 2017

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, shore, 2012

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, another time XIV, 2011

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, reflect, 2017

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, knot, 2010

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, water, 2018

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, spread, 2010

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, another time V, 2007

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, chute II, 2018

antony gormley SIGHT
antony gormley, shift II, 2000

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,664 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample