MGM 2008 - A Museum Of Me - Antony Gormley OBE

| 17 April 2008
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Antony Gormley OBE could be said to be Britain's most famous sculptor; his past work includes the Angel of the North in Gateshead, and Another Place on Crosby Beach, Liverpool. He studied at Cambridge, the Central St Martins School of Art, Goldsmiths College and the Slade School of Art.

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Antony Gormley. © Lars Gundersen

Is there an object or work of art that has inspired you, encouraged you to work in a different way or given you a great idea?

The habit of St Francis kept in the Lower Basilica of Assisi, Italy.

The Basilica of San Francesco was built between 1228 and 1253 AD, and is one of Italy’s foremost monuments.

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St Francis. © SXC

Can you name a person who has inspired you?

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a dancer and choreographer from Antwerp in Belgium. He is currently working with Antony Gormley on a production called ‘Sutra’ at Sadler’s Wells, in which they have been working with 17 Buddhist monks from China’s Shaolin Temple.

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Antony Gormley. © Koen Broos

Which ideas or creations in your work are you most proud of? This can be something really significant or quite minor.

Land, Sea and Air I, 1979-80, the isolation of the basic elements on which the biosphere depends in three identical units as seeds for the future.

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Land, sea and air - at one with the elements. © SXC

Can you think of any current innovations (in science, technology, art etc.), which have had an impact on your life?

The current research into a quantum theory of gravity that will reconcile the cosmological and subatomic worlds fascinates me. I await with great anticipation the results of the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

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Interconnections on the last sector of the LHC. Photo: Maximilien Brice © CERN

Spanning the border between Switzerland and France, and around 100 metres underground is a massive scientific instrument called the Large Hadron Collider, which is used by physicists to study the smallest known particles.

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